The sun will explode in April 2018

Tonight, the US faces the first total solar eclipse in 38 years. Here you will find all the key data and important background information on the rare natural spectacle.

Update from June 25, 2019: The next solar eclipse is imminent. In Germany you will unfortunately only be able to follow this on the PC. We'll tell you when the partial and total solar eclipses will take place. Fishermen in Canada were also able to experience a natural spectacle when a large squid caught a bald eagle and tried to pull it underwater.

Update from July 11, 2018: The next eclipse is imminent, in the southern hemisphere. Here's where to see the next 2018 solar eclipse in Australia.

You can also read at *: Giant star threatens to explode and would be a “second moon” in the night sky - danger to humanity. Also interesting: Lunar eclipse: the only chance in 2020 - tonight we can marvel at a space phenomenon

Update from April 20, 2018: In spring there is again an astro-phenomenon to be observed in the sky over Germany. We have already summarized where, when and how you can watch the falling stars in April 2018, the lyrids.

Update from December 13th 2017: Tonight we can again marvel at a wonderful spectacle in the sky over Germany. We have already summarized where, when and how you can watch the falling stars in December 2017, the Geminids.

Update from November 15, 2017: On Friday and Saturday we can again marvel at a heavenly phenomenon over Germany. We have summarized where, when and how you can watch the shooting stars in November 2017, the Leonids.

America in a state of emergency: With numerous fully booked hotels and decidedly planned Eclipse festivals, the hype is already emerging about an event that millions of Americans have been looking forward to for months - the total solar eclipse tonight.

The last heavenly phenomenon of this kind could be admired on the North American continent a good 38 years ago. In addition to all the amateur sky-gazers, scientists in particular are celebrating the “Great American Eclipse” as an astronomical mega-event and are hoping for many interesting insights from it.

Total solar eclipse tonight: what exactly happens at the total SoFi 2017?

During a solar eclipse, the earth, moon and sun are in a line. The moon thus covers the sun, which is why the umbra of the moon falls on parts of the earth. According to the online edition of the mirror can be up to several hundred kilometers wide and usually races across the earth at lightning speed. In the relatively narrow strip that is created, the sky becomes pitch dark for a few minutes.

Total Solar Eclipse Tonight: Which American States Are Affected by SoFi 2017?

This evening the umbra of the moon will darken the skies over Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North, and South Carolina. Meanwhile, Montana and Iowa are only slightly “touched” by the moon's shadow.

Total solar eclipse tonight: the detailed schedule

According to researchers, the rare natural spectacle begins at 10.15 a.m. West Coast time in the small town of Lincoln Beach, Oregon. In the following hour and a half, the shadow is said to move across Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and the Midwest to South Carolina. The spectacle reaches its climax near the city of Carbondale: There it should be wholetwo minutes and 40 seconds give the longest “night in the day”.

Total solar eclipse tonight: Can you watch SoFi 2017 from Germany?

With the naked eye, the solar eclipse in Germany will hardly be visible at all. There is only a minimal chance in the outermost edge of the northwest: in good weather at sunset you may be able to see a vanishingly small cover there.

Total solar eclipse 2017 tonight: This is how you see the SoFi in the live stream

Thanks to a specially set up NASA website, space freaks still have the opportunity to follow the unique sky phenomenon in real time. The website not only offers interesting facts about the sky constellation, it also delivers a live stream just in time for the solar eclipse. Due to the time difference, the stream is expected to start this evening against 19 o'clock German time.

Total solar eclipse 2017 tonight: How rare is this natural event really?

The last total solar eclipse in Germany and all of Central Europe was also many years ago - it took place on August 11, 1999 instead of. Researchers are only forecasting the next noticeable eclipse in German-speaking countries for the June 10, 2021. On August 12, 2026, the shadow is also expected to fall on Europe, causing a brief eclipse in Iceland, Portugal, Spain and the Balearic Islands.

In the USA, the next - but "only" annular - solar eclipse will follow on October 14, 2023. But just six months later, on April 8, 2024, the next one total solar eclipse.

SoFi 2017 tonight: What are the researchers hoping for?

The scientists are tonight with the help of several NASA missions among other things on the outermost layer of the solar atmosphere, the so-called corona, focus. They hope to gain new knowledge about changes in the magnetic field of the corona and its temperature, as well as about gas eruptions from the sun in general.


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Sophie Lobenhofer

Real Munich woman with the right amount of local patriotism. After completing her degree in cultural journalism and two longer stops in London and Regensburg, she is now a freelancer for Ippen-Digital-Zentralredaktion and Loves to write about world politics, society and music.

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