Did you know that in less than 12 weeks North America will experience a total eclipse of the sun? This exciting event, which NASA refers to as “a rare celestial event,” takes place on August 21, 2017. With school still out in most places, this falls during prime summer vacation season, and we already have plans for a Caribbean cruise during that same time period. Ever since my kids figured out that we would be away during the 2017 eclipse, they have peppered me with questions on whether we will still be able to see the eclipse when we are on a ship. It seems like now is a good time to try and figure that out.
What to Expect from a Total Solar Eclipse
What is a total solar eclipse? An eclipse occurs when the moon, sun, and earth align. During this type of eclipse, the moon is in between the sun and the earth, blocking the sun’s light from reaching earth as strongly as usual. When this happens, daylight dims and it seems like dusk, right in the middle of the day.
While partial eclipses are pretty common—most years see at least two of them—total solar eclipses are rare.
The solar eclipse happening in August of 2017 will be visible from the United States, but it will not be visible everywhere on earth. So, what about the Caribbean? Read More …