VERIFY: When was the last total solar eclipse in the U.S.?

When was the last total solar eclipse?

Lately, there has been some confusion as to when the United States last experienced a total solar eclipse. We set out to verify this using data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The most recent total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. was back in 1991, according to NASA's website.

However, the path of totality only crossed over the state of Hawaii.

The last total solar eclipse to pass over the continental U.S. was in 1979.  During that event, the direct path crossed from the Pacific Northwest to the Northern Plains.

While these events provided a partial view of the eclipse for us here in Georgia, the last total eclipse to pass over the peach state was back in March of 1970.   

In that event, the path of totality passed over the city of Savannah, about 100 miles outside of central Georgia.

"The path of totality, the path where this moon blocks the sun's light, the main body of the sun, comes in through Oregon, comes across the United States and exits out of South Carolina,” said Nicholeen Viall, a NASA astrophysicist.

Next week, Georgia will be one of 14 states to experience total darkness. 

The path of totality will pass over North Georgia, meaning that central Georgia will only experience a partial solar eclipse.

That being said, still expect it to get dark across the area during the event.  The moon will cover 95% of the sun over Macon.

Even though Central Georgia isn't under the direct path of the total eclipse, Viall says we will still experience darkness as the moon takes a bite out of the sun.

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