Solar eclipse basics
Partial vs. total solar eclipses
Members anywhere in the continental U.S. will be able to see a partial solar eclipse, in which the moon covers some but not all of the sun. The partial eclipse lasts a few hours, depending on where it’s viewed.
Members who live or travel to a narrow strip that stretches across the country will see a total solar eclipse, meaning the sun will be 100 percent covered by the moon. Though the total eclipse will only last a couple minutes, it’s the most spectacular part of the event.