WESTFIELD, NJ - On August 21, portions of the United States will fall under a total solar eclipse, darkening skies from Oregon along a path of approximately 70 miles wide stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, according to space.com. People who descend upon this "path of totality" for the big event are in for an unforgettable experience. While the path's trajectory will not extend to the Garden State, New Jersey resident will be able to take in the rare view via a live streaming of the eclipse at the Westfield Memorial Library on August 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Across the country, university students will send 57 cameras up by weather balloon to monitor the 2017 total solar eclipse, and the near-space views will be live streamed from coast-to-coast in a collaboration with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
For the initiative, called the 'Eclipse Ballooning Project', teams from universities across the United States will fly the balloons as high as 100,000 feet, and the views they send back will be collected and broadcast live on NASA TV. According to the nasa.gov, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon casts a shadow onto Earth. For a total eclipse to take place, the sun, moon and Earth must be in a direct line.
A total solar eclipse is only visible from a small area on Earth. The people who see the total eclipse are in the center of the moon’s shadow when it hits Earth. The sky becomes very dark, as if it were night. NASA has issued a list of safety tips for those attempting to view the eclipse in person.
The Westfield Memorial Library is located at 550 East Broad Street in Westfield.