The National Eclipse is Almost Here!

On August 21, 2017, America will be treated to its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. It will also be the first total eclipse exclusive to the U.S. since before the nation's founding in 1776. That's why it's being called the NATIONAL ECLIPSE. From Oregon to South Carolina, the eclipse will trace a 67-mile-wide path of totality across the country and millions of Americans will witness a once-in-a-lifetime event as the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and day turns to night for up to almost three minutes.

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Types of Eclipses

What is an Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and the Moon blocks the Sun for a viewer on Earth. During a total eclipse, the Moon lines up perfectly to fully obscure the Sun, resulting in "totality"; in a partial eclipse, the Moon and the Sun are not perfectly aligned and only part of the Sun is blocked; and during an annular eclipse, alignment is perfect but the Moon is too far away from the Earth to completely obscure the Sun. Due to the peculiarities of the Moon's orbit, no more than five solar eclipses can occur in any given year, and no more than two can be total. This, in addition to the fact that a total solar eclipse is visible on the Earth's surface only along a very narrow path for just a few short minutes, makes totality one of nature's rarest events.

What to Expect

What to Expect

Most people who have seen a total eclipse have described it as the most spectacular natural event they have ever witnessed. It starts as the Moon slowly obscures more and more of the Sun. When just a small sliver of light remains, you might see "Baily's beads" through your certified safe eclipse glasses, caused by the last rays of sunlight streaming through lunar valleys. Next: the beads dissolve into one final "diamond" in the sky. And then "totality," as the soft wisps of the solar corona surround a huge hole where the Sun used to be. You might notice a temperature drop and birds flying home to their nests. You're standing in a strange twilight, while a sunset glows all around you. Finally, totality comes to an end as the events occur in reverse order. (Photo by Luc Viatour / www.Lucnix.be)

Eclipse Glasses

Eclipse Safety

Since looking directly at the Sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness, special eclipse safety glasses or viewers must always be used (sunglasses are not safe). The small amount of light emitted during even a 99.9 percent solar eclipse is still dangerous. The only time it's safe to look at a total eclipse without proper eye protection is during the brief period of "totality" when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon. If you're not located in the path of totality, there is never a time when it's safe to look with unprotected eyes. Attempting to view an eclipse using binoculars, telescopes, cameras, or other devices that don't have their own special front-mounted solar filters is extremely hazardous. (See our Safety page for more information.)

Weather Map

Eclipse Weather

One of the most important factors to consider, both when planning an eclipse trip and in the days leading up to an eclipse, is the weather. A few stray clouds at the wrong moment can spoil years of planning! For the NATIONAL ECLIPSE, historical weather data for the western U.S. indicates a good possibility of favorable weather in late August. In the central and east, the prospects are somewhat less promising, but these states still enjoy plenty of sunny skies in late summer. Clouds can pose a problem anywhere along the path of totality where mountains appear. Of course, climate is not the same as weather, so eclipse chasers need to remain mobile on eclipse day and be ready to move quickly to another location if clouds move in. (See our Overview page for more weather information.)

Other U.S. Eclipses

Other U.S. Eclipses

The 2017 total solar eclipse will be the first seen from the United States since 1991, when a total eclipse was visible in Hawaii, and the first witnessed in the contiguous U.S. since 1979. The path of totality in 1979 traveled only through five northwestern states, making the 2017 coast-to-coast eclipse a very special event. After 2017, the next total solar eclipse in America will occur in 2024, when the path of totality will travel across the country in a northeast direction from Texas to Maine. Alaska will experience a total solar eclipse in 2033 and an eclipse will be seen in Montana and North Dakota in 2044. A second coast-to-coast eclipse will come to America in 2045, entering in California and exiting in Florida. In 2052, a total eclipse will skim parts of six southern states.

Eclipse Maps

The NATIONAL ECLIPSE will be the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in America since 1918. It's also the first total eclipse exclusive to the U.S. since before the nation's founding in 1776. To experience the total phase of the eclipse, you must be located within the narrow path of totality represented on the map below. Areas outside the path of totality will get a partial solar eclipse only.

Total Solar Eclipse - August 21, 2017 - USA Map

VIEW DETAILED MAPS OF THE PATH OF TOTALITY IN EACH STATE

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Total Eclipse Cities

To experience the total phase of the NATIONAL ECLIPSE, you must be located within the narrow path of totality. The following is a list of major cities that are located within the path of totality on August 21, 2017.

Note that times and durations can vary widely even within the same city and some cities are located only partially within the path of totality. All times and durations shown on this page are only representative samples and should be used for general comparison purposes only. To determine the precise start time, end time, and duration of totality for your exact location on eclipse day, use NASA's interactive Google eclipse map.

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City, State Start of Totality (local time) Duration of Totality (min:sec)
Corvallis, OR10:16:56 AM PDT1:40
Salem, OR10:17:21 AM PDT1:54
Idaho Falls, ID11:33:02 AM MDT1:48
Casper, WY11:42:40 AM MDT2:26
North Platte, NE12:54:05 PM CDT1:45
Grand Island, NE12:58:35 PM CDT2:34
Lincoln, NE1:02:31 PM CDT1:25
St. Joseph, MO1:06:27 PM CDT2:38
Kansas City, KS*1:08:35 PM CDT0:24
Kansas City, MO*1:08:40 PM CDT0:29
Columbia, MO1:12:22 PM CDT2:37
Jefferson City, MO1:13:08 PM CDT2:29
St. Louis, MO*1:18:16 PM CDT0:15
Carbondale, IL1:20:06 PM CDT2:37
Paducah, KY1:22:17 PM CDT2:21
Hopkinsville, KY1:24:42 PM CDT2:40
Clarksville, TN1:25:35 PM CDT2:18
Bowling Green, KY1:27:31 PM CDT0:55
Nashville, TN1:27:26 PM CDT1:57
Cullowhee, NC**2:35:57 PM EDT1:54
Toccoa, GA**2:36:40 PM EDT2:00
Greenville, SC2:38:03 PM EDT2:10
Columbia, SC2:41:51 PM EDT2:30
Charleston, SC2:46:26 PM EDT1:31

Eclipse data courtesy of Fred Espenak, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, from eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov. Note that times and durations can vary widely even within the same city and some cities are located only partially within the path of totality. All times and durations shown on this page are only representative samples and should be used for general comparison purposes only. To determine the precise start time, end time, and duration of totality for your exact location on eclipse day, use NASA's interactive Google eclipse map.

* Large parts of Kansas City, KS, and Kansas City and St. Louis, MO, are outside the path of totality
** Since the path of totality doesn't cross any major cities in North Carolina or Georgia, the two cities with the largest populations are listed: Cullowhee, NC, and Toccoa, GA


SEE A STATE-BY-STATE LIST OF MORE TOTAL ECLIPSE CITIES

SEE A LIST OF PARTIAL ECLIPSE CITIES

SEE A DETAILED STATE-BY-STATE OVERVIEW OF THE ECLIPSE

Eclipse Animations

This animation from NASA shows the path of totality that can be expected for the NATIONAL ECLIPSE on August 21, 2017. To experience the total phase of the eclipse, you must be located within the narrow center shadow. Areas outside the path of totality will get a partial solar eclipse only.



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IMPORTANT ALERT FROM NASA ABOUT UNSAFE ECLIPSE GLASSES

AAS LIST OF REPUTABLE MANUFACTURERS AND SELLERS OF ECLIPSE GLASSES AND VIEWERS

QUARTZ ARTICLE ABOUT UNSAFE AND COUNTERFEIT ECLIPSE GLASSES

IF YOU ORDERED ECLIPSE GLASSES PURPORTEDLY MADE BY A REPUTABLE MANUFACTURER THROUGH AMAZON, MAKE SURE AMAZON DIDN'T SEND YOU KNOCK-OFFS. AAS PROVIDES GUIDANCE ON HOW TO TELL IF YOUR ECLIPSE GLASSES ARE SAFE



Please note that NationalEclipse.com does not make, sell, nor set the prices of any of the products featured in our store. All product links are provided for your convenience and go to third-party sellers. If you have questions about a particular product, please contact the manufacturer/seller through the link provided.

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Camp Kum-Ba-Ya, Benton, KY, Welcomes You to Come Sit, Relax and Enjoy Fishing, Swimming, Canoeing and More During the Solar Eclipse Weekend.

Eclipse Totality Camping in St Anthony, ID, the “Doorway to the Dunes.” Near Yellowstone, Craters of the Moon, & the St Anthony Sand Dunes.

Auction: Last Rooms Available in Central Oregon for the Eclipse. In Totality Pathway with Nearby Events! Main St. Bunkhouse, Prineville, OR.

Solar Eclipse 4-Day Horseback Backcountry Trip - Fully Furnished Mountain Top Camp Directly in Path of Totality in the Sawtooth Wilderness.

View the Total Solar Eclipse at Crossing Creeks RV Resort & Spa in the North Georgia Mountains. Reserve a Luxury RV Lot or Log Cabin Today!

For Sale: 1991 Hawaii Solar Eclipse Banner. Own a One-of-a-Kind Souvenir from Historic '91 Eclipse - One of the Longest Recorded Totalities.

Still Need Lodging for the Eclipse? There Are Still Rooms and Campsites Left in Mills, Wyoming! Visit CorabServices.com for Details.

Call for Entries: Enter Your Eclipse Photos for a Chance to Appear in "Chasing the Great American Eclipse," a Hardcover Coffee Table Book.

Total Solar Eclipse Commemorative Coins & Sun-Activated Shirts: Amazing Glow-in-the-Dark & Sunburst Coins & Sun Color-Changing Ink T-Shirts!