For the first time since 1979, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the contiguous United States. Because this could be a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people, there might be questions regarding what the eclipse means and what will happen. We’ve compiled a short list of things that will and will not happen during the solar eclipse.
3 Things That Won’t Happen
The Eclipse Won’t Knock Out the Electrical System
While you may experience degraded cell signal due to the number of people in the area during the eclipse, it won’t knock out the power grid.
The Sewer System in Salem Won’t Have Problems
If you are concerned about overflowing sewers due to the influx of people, don’t be. During the summer, the City’s wastewater treatment system handles around 30 million gallons/day of a total 205 million gallon/day capacity.
The World Won’t End
Nopity, nope, nope, nope. Not going to happen. The world may very well end one day, but it won’t be because of the eclipse on August 21, 2017. Total solar eclipses are actually fairly common. Every 18 months or so, a total solar eclipse occurs somewhere in the world. This time around, it happens to occur in the sky above the United States. Remember that to the rest of the world outside the US, it’s just another Monday (or Tuesday).
3 Things That Will Happen
The Air Temperature Will Drop
According to this article on Space.com, the air temperature could drop 10 degrees during the Moon’s transit across the disk of the Sun.
Birds Could Stop Chirping
Once it gets dark, birds naturally assume that night must be here. They’ll head back to their nest or get ready to roost for the night.
You’ll see the Sun’s Corona
When the eclipse is in totality, you’ll see the atmosphere of the sun called the corona, which according to Eclipse2017.org looks like, “… as if someone is smearing wispy-white cotton candy all around the impossibly black hole that’s been cut out of the fabric of the blue-black sky…”
We hope this answers some of your questions regarding the eclipse. While you’re on this site, check out these other useful articles: