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HOW WILL SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECT THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE? by Marcin Chojnowski, ASC Eclipse Intern

The mid-2000s marked the beginning of a new era for humanity. An era where we consumed and produced information in a way that had yet to be experienced. The era of social media.

Since its inception in mainstream society, social media has had a profound impact on our lives. It gives us the opportunity to easily communicate information faster than ever before. Sure, people use it as a way to share selfies, memes and pictures of their pets, but they also use it to share their thoughts and create dialogues with their friends and family about current events.

We’re positive the August 21st total solar eclipse will be a ”trending topic,” but what does it mean for social media users? 

Seeing a total solar eclipse is not just a science or astronomy event… it’s a human event. You’re used to waking up in the morning with the rising sun and going to sleep after the sun sets, when the sky turns dark. It’s something we expect to happen cyclically each and every day. What will happen when all of a sudden that cycle is literally turned upside down and the sky goes dark in the middle of the day?

Social media will explode with pictures, live video streams, and personal reflections. (But please, don't forget to look up!) The total solar eclipse of 2017 will certainly be one of the most talked about astronomical events in social media history. 

With a path of totality that splits the 48 contiguous United States in half, this eclipse will be the most accessible solar eclipse in American history. With the development of the modern automobile, everyone in the continental U.S. is within a day’s drive from to the 2017 path of totality. That wasn’t the case 99 years ago, when we last saw a total solar eclipse span the entire country!

Thanks to social media, we will ALL be able to experience the eclipse together… something that has never occurred in U.S. history.

Don’t forget to grab your eclipse shades, pinhole projectors, and charge your cellphones the night before, and check out my blog on Solar Eclipse Safety»

Whether you find yourself in the path of totality or not, expect your social media to be overflowing with eclipse posts.

- Marcin Chojnowski, ASC Eclipse Intern

Music City Solar Eclipse Festival & Viewing Party

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