Total solar eclipse of 2017 across the USA including the path of totality and eclipse maps

United States Naval Observatory (USNO) - 2 minutes and 44.3 seconds of darkness, a few mile south of Carbondale Illinois in the
Shawnee National Forest. Mostly one and two lane roads in that area with the exact center located on farmland. This federal government entity has been around since the 1800s! USNO has known about the southern Illinois location since the year 2000...at least!

NASA/Fred Espenak - 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds of darkness near Goreville Illinois, which too, is in the Shawnee National Forest. The exact spot is on farmland with two lane roads nearby. Straight-line distance from Goreville to "greatest duration" is under six miles. The separation from USNO's spot and NASA's is under twenty miles in southern Illinois. This "new" data was just mentioned for the first time on the NASA website in 2014.

Sky & Telescope is now showing southern Illinois as the site of longest duration of totality in 2017 - sorry Hopkinsville Kentucky!

A view of the rest of the sky during totality on August 21, 2017 with the Sun in the constellation of Leo near Regulus. You may see a planet or two along with a star, but the sky never really gets pitch black to the point where you can see the rest of the faint stars! The corona can be quite bright in itself! When I viewed the total eclipse of the sun in Mexico in 1991, one person next to me was somewhat upset in not seeing a truly darkened sky during totality. Also, as you look further away from the eclipsed Sun towards the horizon, the sky brightens. Take a look at the video at the bottom of the page, and you can see what I am talking about in regards to sky brightness.

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Weather...or not!
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Weather is always a primary consideration for anyone deciding in where to travel to see a total eclipse of the Sun. Each satellite image was taken approximately at noon. This will give you a better idea on how August 21st weather has been running for the last four years.

 

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Oregon will have the honor of being the first state, in the lower 48, to see totality as the Moon enters the Pacific shores near the town of Depoe Bay. The Moon's shadow will cross the state of Oregon in approximately ten minutes beginning at 10:16 am PDT, and then it will cross the state line into Idaho at 10:26 am. Salem Oregon is the only large city in the state to see totality. Even though Eugene and Portland are nearby, these two cities will see only a partial eclipse of the Sun. Even with the Moon covering 99.4% of the sunlight, that 0.6% can still blind you!

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People in Kansas can witness a total eclipse of the Sun if they travel to the northeast portion of the state. The only major city, in the path of totality, is Kansas City. Kansas City, Kansas will experience totality for twenty-two seconds with maximum occurring at 1:08 pm CDT. Now, to experience a lengthier time, you can drive 75 miles north of Kansas City to the center line near Highland Kansas.

Highland will experience darkness for 2 minutes and 38 seconds with maximum totality occurring at 1:07 pm. Totality, in the state of Kansas, will begin at 1:02:28 pm near Mahaska. Totality will exit Kansas City at 1:08:58pm.

How rare is a total eclipse of the Sun in Kansas? People in Kansas City last saw a total eclipse of the Sun on June 16, 1806. After 2017, the next total eclipse of the Sun for Kansas City will be on June 17, 2672! In Wichita, the last total solar eclipse was on November 30, 1834. Whatever you are doing on August 21, 2017, please make that trip to Kansas City or northward, and experience the day changing into night! If there is a particular town in Kansas I should include for animation of the eclipse, please let me know at the bottom of the page! Thank you!


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SIU leaders start early preparations for 2017 total solar eclipse

Event kicks off eclipse excitement
"Baer said NASA has selected SIU as its primary viewing site for the 2017 eclipse!"
Solar Eclipse Steering Committee in Carbondale Illinois. Eclipse central!


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A global view of the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

 

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This map below has over 150 locations animated throughout the United States laid out on a grid. Each animation is one frame per minute. Each location doesn't represent a particular city, but the overall display gives you a better idea how the eclipse will look across the states.

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If you like it with some music, please click here.

 

A musical variation of the 2017 eclipse I posted on YouTube

The music is from the album Around the World in 80 Days0by Victor Young back in 1956 ( which still sounds great)!

This video conveys, more than any others that I have seen, the excitement and wonder in viewing a total eclipse of the Sun. I don't speak Japanese, but you can tell from the lady reporter's excitement that she was glad that she was on this assignment (and on a cruise ship)! The constant beeping in the background is a shortwave radio picking up a time signal and broadcasting each second as a beep. Even on a cruise ship, people want accurate information about how long the eclipse lasts, and what time it begins and ends. It is also handy if you are taking photographs or movies. This cruise ship seems to have thought of everything to make this an enjoyable experience!


The last total eclipse of the Sun seen in the United States was seen on the morning of
February 26, 1979
in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota. Greatest eclipse was near Lake Winnipeg in Canada. It was below freezing that day with snow the day before.

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Updated on August 27, 2015