smile direct club total solar eclipse

Total Eclipse of the…Smile?

Is it just us, or have you been hearing some murmurings about an eclipse lately? 😉 JK it seems like it’s all anyone’s talking about. The total solar eclipse will take place this coming Monday, August 21st, and Nashville, Tenn., is the largest city wholly within the eclipse’s Path of Totality. Lucky for us, Nashville’s also home to the SmileDirectClub HQ!

And maybe we’re reading too much into it, but to us, this seems like more than just a cosmic coincidence. Why, you wonder?

We’re talking about alignment. This total solar eclipse will be the first time in 38 years that the Earth, the moon and the sun are in one straight line. This won’t happen again in the U.S. until 2024. What? We’re living in unprecedented times here.

And wouldn’t you know it, SmileDirectClub is all about alignment, too. After all, it’s our mission to give people everywhere access to the straighter smile they deserve. Sun, moon, Earth and teeth alignment all happening at once? Seems like this was written in the stars.

As you work on curating the perfect playlist and excitedly count down the days minutes seconds leading up to the main event, why not study up on these interesting facts about the solar eclipse?

  • The alignment of 3 or more celestial bodies is called a syzygy. Keep that in your back pocket for your Saturday night Scrabble league.
  • 30 seconds before and after totality (when the sun, moon and Earth are completely aligned), be on the lookout for shadow bands. Shadow bands are squiggly patterns of light best seen on flat, bright surfaces. So wavy.
  • During an eclipse, there are a lot of things happening with gasses, including solar prominences and something called coronal mass ejections. Be sure to study up on these so you can make plenty of jokes at your local eclipse viewing party!
  • Totality will last a max of 2 minutes and 40 seconds. (You’ll see that if you’re lucky enough to be in Carbondale, Ill.) For those of us in Nashville, we’ll be in the dark for just over 2 minutes of totality. Plan your bathroom breaks accordingly, eclipse viewers! We won’t warn you again.
  • The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century was on July 22, 2009, lasting 6 minutes and 39 seconds.

Be sure to check in with us on social media on Monday, too, for some straight-from-the-source eclipse footage.

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