In one year from now, on August 21, 2017, the United States will see a rare space event, a total solar eclipse. The last time we had one was back in February of 1979. If you miss the one coming up, you will have to wait until April of 2024.
A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and Sun, blocking out the sunlight. If you are in the path of totality, the sun will be completely blocked out for up to 2 minutes or more. As this occurs, day turns to night! Birds and other animals go silent. You will be able to look at the sun without eye protection. It would be a moment to remember.
For us here in Central Texas, we will not see a total solar eclipse. The sun will be about 70% covered at the peak.
If you plan to watch the solar eclipse, NEVER look directly at the sun without proper eye protection! It is recommended to use solar filters, eclipse glasses, or No. 14 welder's glass. You can make a homemade pinhole camera. See the image in the story on how to do so from SPACE.com.
What makes next years event so special is the fact that it will travel from Oregon all the way to South Carolina, going from coast to coast. Towns who will be in the path of totality, have already sold out of hotel rooms! There are communities of a few hundred people preparing for thousands of people to come through.