How Long Does the Total Solar Eclipse Last?
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How Long Does the Total Solar Eclipse Last?

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A total solar eclipse can be seen in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway, on March 20, 2015.

The total solar eclipse in the United States is a rare phenomenon. This is the first time a total solar eclipse has been visible in the U.S. mainland since 1979, and the first time since 1918 that it’s been visible from coast to coast. We won’t have another total solar eclipse in the U.S. until 2024. But the sun won’t be covered completely by the moon as long as you might think. Although the process of the eclipse may last a while, the actual totality part itself only lasts a couple minutes.

Here’s how long the total solar eclipse will last in different parts of the country, as shared by Space.com.

  • Madras, Oregon: 2 minutes 2 seconds
  • Rexburg, ID: 2 minutes 17 seconds
  • Casper, Wyoming: 2 minutes 26 seconds
  • Alliance, NE: 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Grand Island, Nebraska: 2 minutes 34 seconds
  • Columbia, MO: 2 minutes 37 seconds
  • Carbondale, IL: 2 minutes 37 seconds
  • Hopkinsville, KY: 2 minutes 40 seconds
  • Greenville, South Carolina: 2 minutes, 11 seconds
  • Columbia, South Carolina: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

As the eclipse moves east, the time of totality lasts longer, at least for a while. Hopkinsville is the city that has the longest total eclipse at 2 minutes and 40 seconds. This is because it’s located the closest to the point of greatest eclipse.

The moon’s umbral shadow will move at a speed of about 1,651 mph, covering 2,496 miles of the United States in about 90.7 minutes, according to Space.com.

To see the exact time that the totality starts and ends, check out Heavy’s story here.

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