Something cool happened the other day, a solar eclipse crossed the continental United States of America for the first time in a long time. The last time this had happened was February 26, 1979. The next solar eclipse that will travel over the United States will be in seven years on April 8, 2024.
This chart shows the paths of totality for 15 solar eclipses through 2028. // Astronomy: Roen Kelly after Fred Espenak, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
What is a solar eclipse? I'm glad you asked. A Solar Eclipse is when the New Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, thus blocking the Sun's rays and casting a shadow on certain parts of the Earth. There is a narrow band where 100% of the Sun is covered by the Moon and that is called "the Path of Totality". This year, Northeast Georgia was in that path of totality as you can see in the illustration below.
The path of totality crossed directly over Clayton, GA, which is the home of Camp Rainey Mountain. CRM is our local council Boy Scout Camp and is a very awesome place. Some of our scouts and scout leaders actually viewed the solar eclipse from CRM and I bet they have some awesome stories to share. The CRM Facebook page has posts and videos during totality. Check them out if you haven't already!
While not everyone could attend CRM for the solar eclipse, others watched from their homes and schools. Oconee County, GA was said to have reached 99.7% totality. Here are some of the comments made by different scouts from Troop 537 regarding their experience with the solar eclipse from their homes or schools. #BSAEclipse2017
BSA offered a special commemorative patch for the 2017 solar eclipse. A worksheet included various steps. By completing the requirements of the worksheet, some scouts will earn the following patch for the experience.