August 21 is the date of "the Great American Eclipse," and the hype around it is already starting to reach a fever pitch. It is being called "the Great American Eclipse" because this will be the first total solar eclipse ever that is only visible in the United States. In other words, since the United States became a nation, there has never been a total eclipse that was only visible here and nowhere else. And this will be the first total solar eclipse to cross from the west coast to the east coast in 99 years. So for those who love astronomy, this is bigger than the Super Bowl.
Close to 200 million people live within a day's drive of "the totality zone," and many are projecting that this will be the most-viewed eclipse ever. In fact, many hotels and campsites along the path of the eclipse are already completely booked. So if you want to see it live, you better make your arrangements quickly.
Of course the "main event" will not last for very long. Depending on the location, the total eclipse will only last for about two or three minutes.
But if you count from the time that the moon will begin to cover the sun until the time when the sun is completely uncovered again, it will take approximately two and a half hours for the entire process to unfold. The following comes from Newsweek:
If you are in the band of totality, you will see (if you look through special "solar filters" that darken the sun by a factor of about 100,000) the moon gradually covering the sun for about 75 minutes, then the beautiful totality, and then the uncovering for another 75 minutes.
Of course in the heavens ,things will be taking place at very high speed. For example, the moon's shadow will actually be crossing the U.S. at a speed of close to 1,700 miles per hour.
And even if you are not in the "totality zone," you will still notice what is happening on August 21. That is because this eclipse will actually cast a "shadow" over the entire nation.
Could it be possible that has some sort of significance?
I don't know, but without a doubt, there will be a whole lot of speculation going on as we get closer to the date.
Many have pointed out that this solar total eclipse in 2017 will be followed by another total solar eclipse nearly seven years later on April 8, 2024.
And when you plot the projected courses of these two solar eclipses on a map, they form a giant "X" over the center of the United States...
Could this be some sort of extremely bizarre coincidence?
And if it isn't a coincidence, what could it mean?
I am afraid I don't have the answers to those questions right now, but I do find it to be extremely interesting that the heart of this "X" just happens to fall in the middle of the New Madrid fault zone.
Long Valley Caldera near Mammoth Lakes has experts "concerned" because over the last 100 days the volcano has been "acting up" as NewsPrepper describes it and the unusual amount of Earthquakes that have hit Mammoth lake over the last month means all eyes should be carefully watching these earthquakes and especially this particular volcano.
In 1915, Lassen Peak erupted and wrecked a huge portion of the state. Over the last 100 days, the much larger Long Valley Caldera has begun acting-up. And what it’s doing has Geologists at the US Geological Survey “concerned.” The Caldera – the mouth of the Volcano – is . . . . moving.
According to scientific instruments monitored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the area in vicinity of the Long Valley caldera is deforming and moving rapidly compared to previous records. How sure are they? “95% (confidence interval), the (data) ensemble is significant”
The data is showing on a recent timespan that the amount of movement is causing STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT STRAIN in the rock in the area. This is not conspiracy-theorist conjecture or amateur geology antics, this is from the USGS itself.
According to a March report found at AOL science and tech news, this massive super volcano "has the potential to unleash a fiery hell across the planet, and the magma-filled mountain has a history of doing so." While the article downplayed the likelihood of an imminent eruption, the article was written before the 1,000+ EQ that are being reported on now.
Approximately 760,000 years ago, this super volcano in particular had a massive eruption on an apocalyptic scale that blanketed the United States region in molten lava and ash.
And if such were to occur again, molten rock would not only incinerate the Earth for thousands of miles, but the toxic ash spewing from the opening of the crust would temporarily block out the rays of the sun, which scientists say would cause temperatures to fall to levels not seen since the Ice Age.
The most advanced technology cannot predict the exact time and date of the next volcanic eruption, so we are most definitely not going to try, but when these types of swarms occur, but are not the usual, but are instead unusual, it is well worth highlighting the incidents and recommending that people monitor the situation closely and be aware of what to look for in the news, what to watch for and be prepared.
Mammoth Lakes has seen earthquake swarms before over the years, with much concern shown when just dozens of earthquakes have occurred, so while no one is declaring this to be a 100% sign that the Long Valley Caldera is going to imminently blow, we do not that if registering a few dozen causes concern as we have seen in years past, it does make the extremely high number of earthquakes being monitored now something to keep a very close eye on.
More very cool things about the solar eclipses:
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