Mark Your Calendars: The Great American Eclipse Is Just A Year Away

​If astronomy’s your thing, then today’s date is a pretty special one.
On August 21st, 2017, the most anticipated solar eclipse in American history will take place. That’s right, we’re just one year away from every space nerd’s dream.
According to NASA, on this date next year, a total solar eclipse — what some are calling the “Great American Eclipse” — will be visible on both coasts. This will also be the first total eclipse visible only in America since our founding fathers broke ground hundreds of years ago. While some states will get to experience a total blackout, pretty much everywhere in the U.S. will observe at least a partial eclipse.
The eclipse will start on the West Coast, in Oregon, before traveling a 67 mile-wide path east and ending in South Carolina. If you’re not one of the 12 million people living directly in the path of the eclipse but still want to see what a few minutes of total darkness feels like in the middle of the day, you’re in luck. According to Space.com, most people not already located in the totality zone are just a day’s drive away.
Plenty of big cities are already planning how to turn the celestial event into a tourism attraction. Nashville, the biggest city in the direct path, has dubbed happening the “Music City Solar Eclipse” and even launched a website where prospective eclipse-watchers can check out local attractions and programs on the day. Oregon, meanwhile, is hosting a four-day event around the time of the eclipse and in Columbia, South Carolina — where the eclipse will end — city planners are preparing for swarms of people to visit on the day.
If, for some reason, you plan your life a year in advance, and August 21st is already filled up, don’t worry. While this will mark the first total solar eclipse for the U.S. in hundreds of years, the moon is giving us a repeat performance in 2024.
(Via USA Today)

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Our planet is in trouble. The effects of human impact on the planet are already visible with the melting of ice sheets, increased CO2 in the atmosphere, the potential of a megafauna extinction, and massive garbage patches floating in our oceans. It can all be pretty overwhelming.
So what can we do as individuals? We need transportation. We need food. We need shelter. Longterm solutions often entail a level of sacrifice that most people aren’t willing to make. Whereas short term solutions can feel like putting a Band-Aid on a trauma wound. The situation demands a global shift in mindset.
Enter the documentary film. For decades, documentaries have made a dramatic impact on public opinion across a wide range of topics. In the field of ecology, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth essentially jumpstarted the green movement. In the years since, other documentaries have widened and deepened the conversation.
Are we on path to salvation? Or apocalypse? It’s hard to say these days. Maybe some of these movies can help us find the answers.

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