The Great Americal Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse, frequently referred to as the "Great American Eclipse", was visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. In other countries, it was visible only as a partial eclipse

The path of totality touched 14 states, and the rest of the U. S. had a partial eclipse

Future total solar eclipses will cross the United States in April 2024 (12 states) and August 2045 (10 states), and annular solar eclipses-wherein the Moon appears smaller than the Sun-will occur in October 2023 (9 states) and June 2048 (9 states)

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania also observed the extremely rare heavenly phenomenon

There were widespread traffic problems across the United States. Michael Zeiler, an eclipse cartographer, estimated that between 1.85 million and 7.4 million people traveled to the path of the eclipse

An eclipse causes a reduction of solar power generation where the Moon shadow covers any solar panel, depending on cloud cover. The Solar eclipse of March 20, 2015 caused manageable solar power decreases in Europe