Solar Eclipse 2017

Yesterday a total solar eclipse took place, the moon passed in front of the sun and cast a huge shadow. It was the first solar eclipse in America since 1918 to track from coast to coast. Within the path of totality the total solar eclipse could be seen, everyone in North America was able to witness the phenomenon. The path stretched from Oregon to South Carolina.

Outside the path it was still a partial eclipse that could be seen from parts of South America, Africa and Europe. During a solar eclipse the moon blocks all or only part of the sun for up to three hours from beginning to end. The longest dark period yesterday from any given location along the path was about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

National Parks and small towns were full of visitors who wanted to get a good look at the phenomenon. Everyone who missed it will find countless pictures on the internet, the US space agency (NASA) streamed pictures from different angles and times. The next total solar eclipse on Earth will occur on 2 July 2019 over the South Pacific, Chile and Argentina.

solar eclipse (ˈsəʊləʳ ɪˈklɪps) – die Sonnenfinsternis

to pass (pɑ:s) – vorbeifahren, passieren

to cast (kɑ:st) – hier: etw werfen

shadow (ˈʃædəʊ) – der Schatten

to track  (træk) – hier: ziehen, sich bewegen

within (wɪˈðɪn) – innerhalb

path (pɑ:θ) – der Pfad, der Weg

to witness (ˈwɪtnəs) – etw beobachten, etw miterleben

partial (ˈpɑ:ʃəl) – teilweise, Teil-

given (ˈgɪvən) – festgelegt, gegeben

along (əˈlɒŋ) – entlang, unterwegs

countless (ˈkntləs) – zahllos, unzählig

angle (ˈæŋg) – der Winkel

to occur (əˈkɜ:ʳ) – geschehen, stattfinden