The Great American Eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017 will be one of the most amazing and widely-viewed celestical events in the nation's history. And while total solar eclipses occur approximately once every eighteeen months, having one close to a specific location is quite rare. Here are some facts to illustrate to uniqueness of this extraordinary event:
- The last time the United States experienced a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse was in 1918.
- This is the first total solar eclipse that can only be seen in the United States since the country was founded in 1776.
- The last total solar eclipse that could be seen in the United States was in 1991, with totality only visible from Hawaii.
- The last total solar eclipse that could be seen in the continental United States was in 1979, with totality visible in the far Pacific Northwest.
- The last time Asheville experienced a total solar eclipse was in 1869.
- The next time Asheville will experience a solar eclipse this close (99% partial eclipse) will be in 2078.
- The next time Asheville will experience a total solar eclipse will be in 2153.