Nova, Eclipse Over America

Monday, Aug. 21, at 9 p.m. on Western Reserve PBS

On Monday, Aug. 21, America’s eyes will be glued to the skies as the mainland United States experiences the first total solar eclipse since 1979, and the first to cross the country since 1918. NOVA will capture the spectacular event in a special presentation to air hours after it takes place.

This extraordinary cosmic spectacle will pass through 13 states, and everyone in the continental United States will have the opportunity to see at least a partial eclipse, making it the most widely viewed American eclipse of all time. Commencing at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1:15 p.m. EDT), a lunar shadow 73 miles wide will take one hour and 33 minutes to travel from Oregon on the west coast to South Carolina on the east, allowing continuous observation for 90 minutes.

When the eclipse clears the United States at approximately 3 p.m. EST, NOVA will work quickly to pull together the footage being fed from various locations by satellite and internet. Then, just six hours after the eclipse has ended, “Eclipse Over America” will air. It will be NOVA’s quickest turnaround effort to date, requiring a remarkable collaboration between NOVA and PBS member stations to capture and share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with the entire nation.

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