Solar eclipses are a great excuse for a party and some serious science. A group of people known as 'Shadow Chasers' travel the globe to view this phenomenon.
- While total solar eclipses occur approximately once every 18 months, it is rare to see one due to the Earth's curvature.
- At any one point on Earth, a total solar eclipse is visible only once every 375 years on average.
- Because an eclipse's path can be predicted, some people travel across the globe to witness them.
- Special eye protection must be worn when viewing a solar eclipse.
"It's an awe-inspiring experience, there's no other word for it."
"You feel like a kid, you know, that you've never seen it before, you have no idea what it's gonna look like."
"Oh very excited, very..."
"The only way I can describe it is if someone had a dimmer switch on the Sun ...