Forget debates on repealing Obamacare, tax reform, the mainstream media's obsession with anti-Trump administration stories, or investigations into Russian meddling, Aug. 21 is going to mesmerize and draw a dividing line through America like never before.
A coast-to-coast total solar eclipse — a line from Oregon to South Carolina, which crosses 14 states and impacts 12.2 million people living with the 70-mile-wide band — will start at 12:04 p.m. ET that Monday and go down as the first U.S. coast-to-coast solar eclipse since 1918, as the New York Post wrote.
"If we have some good weather, it will absolutely be the most viewed total eclipse in human history," retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak told the Post.
The event's impact is much more than mere celestial intrigue. Hotel bookings for travels to view the event along the swath have "skyrocketed," and Oregon's state attorney general is even investigating claims motels have dropped advance reservations in attempt "to resell them for up to $1,000 a night," the Post reported.
Also, traffic in the states around that line from Oregon to South Carolina has the potential to create a "Great American Traffic Jam," per the report. The website GreatAmericanEclipse.com forecasts the best viewing areas and the most troublesome traffic routes.
"Surfaces are gonna be stressed," Espenak told the Post.
The U.S. will have varying degrees of totality of the eclipse, but if you can also watch live coverage of the event at Eclipse2017.NASA.gov.
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