The US country will shortly be able to see a full solar eclipse on Aug 21.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon lines up between the Earth and the Sun as the Earth rotates around the Sun. The moon blocks the sun’s light from raising the Earth. We will be witnessing solar eclipse after almost 100 years since, and travels coast to coast.

From the West Coast to the East Coast, it will be a total eclipse and the rest of the country will get a partial eclipse that extends into Canada and to the top of South America. Whether you are in the area of total eclipse or partial eclipse, the sky will moderately begin to blacken. If there are clouds in your location it will be difficult to see the eclipse.

So it’s important to fix your location on the eclipse day.Dr B. Ralph Chou, a retired professor of optometry at the University of Waterloo in Ontariowho is also an astronomer and eclipse chaser. He’ll be in Oregon for his 19th total solar eclipse.

The eclipse will reach the West Coast of the United States – between the Oregon cities of Newport and Lincoln City, at 10:16 a.m. PT. That is 1:16 ET.

The eclipse will end at 2:49 p.m. ET as the moon’s shadow moves off the Atlantic coast. That means it will take one hour and 33 minutes for the shadow of the moon to cross the country.

It is safe to look directly at the stars, but you should know when to take off and put back on your sun glasses.