The Great American Eclipse Cross?
2017 will be the year that all of America will be able to see an eclipse on the streets and in the sky. Yes, two special eclipses are happening this year, The Great American Eclipse taking place on August 21st, 2017; we’ve also seen the debut of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross that is said to be released in the fall of 2017. We’ve had our jokes about the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross being a publicity stunt given the solar eclipse happening around the same time of its release, but while we wait for it to hit the streets, let’s take a moment to talk about the solar eclipse.
In laymen’s terms, a solar eclipse is when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth which causes the Moon to block the light of the Sun. Different from a lunar eclipse, when the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow during the night, the solar eclipse takes place during the day and the Moon’s shadow falls upon the Earth. That’s right. For the first time in your life, maybe the only time, you can be standing in the shadow of the Moon!
The last time a solar eclipse was visible across the entire US was back in 1918. This won’t happen again for nearly thirty years, though there will be solar eclipses visible between that time, just not across the country in its entirety. You can learn more about The Great American Eclipse at greatamericaneclipse.com. For those of us in South Florida, we won’t be able to see a total solar eclipse unless we travel north, past our borders. We will see a partial eclipse though, with a totality somewhere between 80-90%; just make sure to wear special certified eclipse glasses when looking at a partial eclipse. If looking for the real thing, the website listed above has plenty of information on where to go and how to see the total eclipse.
Now for a little on the other eclipse we’re waiting for. When the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclispe Cross debuted at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, there was a lot of talk about how despite its current partnership with Nissan, Mitsubishi made the Eclipse Cross completely in-house, outfitting it with a new 1.5-liter direct-injected turbocharged engine, exclusive to the Cross, and paired with Mitsubishi’s Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT). It also came with some interesting technology, including a heads-up display (HUD) and touchpad versus a touchscreen. We covered some more of the tech released for the Eclipse Cross, and honestly it’s looking pretty cool.
That’s it for now. If you happen to see the total solar eclipse, send us a few pictures on social media. Remember, don’t look at the eclipse if it’s not in totality unless wearing special eclipse glasses. Once it hits totality however, you’re in the clear to take some snapshots before the Moon passes.