On Monday, August 21, 2017 all North Americans will have the opportunity to see the first solar eclipse since 1972. A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or some parts of the sun. Everyone in North America, and some parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see a partial solar eclipse. Anyone within the path of totality, when the moon completely covers the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere, will see a total solar eclipse. Challenger Learning Centers across the nation will be celebrating the eclipse with a range of events. Those within the path of totality will be hosting viewing events with approved safety goggles and others will be hosting lectures and activities to help inform citizens about the astronomical phenomena.