(Reported By Anthony Yanez) In a few months, millions across the country will experience an astronomical event that no American has ever seen before. NBC4 meteorologist Anthony Yanez talks about what you need to know about this year’s total solar eclipse and what to (safely) look out for: I’m calling it the “Social Media Solar Eclipse.” Since the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, the United States hasn’t experienced an event like this … the total eclipse of the sun.

On Aug. 21 the moon’s shadow will darken a path 35 to 71 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina, blocking out the light from the sun. If you are in this path, it will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen. While all of the United States will experience a partial eclipse, which is cool, nothing is like a total eclipse of the sun. My vacation time got approved and I’ll be traveling with my family to Oregon to experience this incredible event as day turns to night. We’ll be near Salem, where the total eclipse begins at 10:17 a.m. PDT and lasts for one minute and 54 seconds. READ MORE