Figure 1. The solar eclipse as viewed from Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo: Jeremy Sharp
Monitoring Irradiance using an STS-UV-RAD Spectrometer
A hundred years is a long time to wait for the chance to see a total solar eclipse. On August 21, 2017, with a rare eclipse tracing a path across the country from west to east, the U.S.A finally had their chance.
For those who weren’t in the 60-70-mile “path of totality,” they could travel to the closest region of totality or experience partial eclipses from 75%-90% coverage (Figure 1). More than 300 million people in North America had a chance to view the eclipse according to NASA. The continent was gripped with eclipse mania in anticipation of such an epic, once-in-a-lifetime event.