To close or not to close? That became the question for school districts across the country that are beginning the 2017-18 school year in early to mid-August but had to decide whether to let students stay home — or come to class — on the day of the Great American Eclipse.
Day will become night when the moon passes between the sun and Earth on Aug. 21, casting a shadow on our planet. If you are in what is called the path of totality, the moon will seem to be blotting out the sun for a few minutes with only a halo of burning gases visible — though the moon’s movement will take several hours. In the United States, those who are not in the path of totality will see a partial eclipse (as will people in Canada, Central America and in the northern part of South America).