Quick facts about the solar eclipse
Can you believe the solar eclipse is a week out? The first solar eclipse in four decades in the continental U.S. will take place next Monday. Here are a few key points for the big event:
*First total solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1991 (only hit Hawaii).
*First total solar eclipse in continental U.S. since 1979.
*First total solar eclipse to go coast-to-coast since 1918.
*First total solar eclipse to affect ONLY the U.S. since 1776. Yes, this eclipse is ONLY visible in the United States.
*The total eclipse will begin in Oregon at 9:16am CDT and end in South Carolina at 1:48pm CDT.
*The average speed of the moon’s shadow is 1,700 mph.
*Annular solar eclipse took place back in 1994.
*The next total solar eclipse is 2024.
*Southeastern Wisconsin will see 83 percent totality, much different than the 100% expected farther south and west.
Make sure to wear protective eye wear is viewing the eclipse. The proper solar viewers and glasses will have "ISO 12312-2".