The total solar eclipse of August 21 will be the visible across United States after a span of 99 years, which inspires Americans to pack up the car and drive to totality: the path of the moon’s darkest shadow.
Accordingly up to 7.4 million people may travel to the 70-mile wide, 2800 mile long track where the moon will be guarding the Sun and reveal its wispy light.
Esria being a mapping data and technology company, Michael Zeiler a cartographer working in the same company revealed the fact. Zeiler started chasing eclipses 26 years ago since then he has realised this moment. He created a website named GreatAmericanEclipse.com where he has been uploading few years of gathering data and, plotting maps of the eclipse.
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He said to Business Insider “I thought about every populated point in the United States, and I asked the data: What is the quickest drive to totality?” Where he found out that there’s going to be about one or two dozen traffic checkpoints that are going to be respectively massive.
Though Zeiler has identified 12 biggest drive sheds – the places most likely to be jampacked with gridlock traffic.
Let’s wait for the day tomorrow when the United States is going to witness one of the most amusing natural phenomenon once again after 99 long years.
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