a live stream of the astronomical phenomenon, Solar Eclipse 2021, August 21. Here is the schedule.
The eclipse will start at 1:27 p.m. EST and will peak between 2:43 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. EST, according to NASA, when the moon, which is roughly as big as the sun, will cause the sun to turn a color resembling velvet and move across the sun’s face, or umbra. You will see the moon pass between the earth and the sun, or annulus, “passing in front” of the sun, according to space weather website SpaceWeather.
But the space agency warns that the “most dramatic events may not appear” until after the eclipse has begun, and that it could take more than 20 minutes to view the partial phases of the eclipse from any location, depending on your location. To help make viewing easier, NASA, which is organizing events and sharing the start time and position of the moon’s shadow with trained observers around the world, says the weather may not be ideal.
But the effect of the eclipse on your life will also be remarkable, scientists say. Dr. James Hiatt, a professor of astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, will work in Tallahassee, Florida, on August 21st. “This year we’re actually monitoring how brightness of the sun changes,” Dr. Hiatt said in a blog post. “No matter what happens, the next one will be 97% reduced brightness. It’s incredible. It’s a change you will not soon forget.”