It is now less than six months before the big event!
All 50 states are now complete! Next up -- Canada!
(I have redesigned this page, and I now have all the states spread-out over five pages!
Please use the table below to search for the state you are interested in.)
On August 21, 2017 - A Total Eclipse of the Sun
An Animated Grid Map for Over 150 Points Across the U.S.A.
|This map above 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. For those interested, you can download the Quicktime file here at a higher resolution.|
|New Hampshire||New Jersey||New Mexico||New York||North Carolina||North Dakota||Ohio|
|Oklahoma||Oregon||Pennsylvania||Rhode Island||South Carolina||South Dakota||Tennessee|
|Wyoming||Eclipse from Space|
Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Illinois where greatest (maximum) duration will occur.
United States Naval Observatory - 2 minutes and 44.3 seconds of darkness, a few miles south of Carbondale Illinois in the
NASA - 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.
Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Kentucky where the greatest eclipse will occur.
A recent change in the position of greatest eclipse, in west Kentucky near Cerulean, as seen in this aerial photograph. The position of greatest eclipse, now, is 0.34 miles further west than the 2015 position. This area has narrow two lane roads with lots of horse and buggies.
|Xavier Jubier's fact check on this year's eclipse plus others - a great read!|
Jefferson Davis Monument near Hopkinsville Kentucky. This 351 foot high obelisk is about 15 minutes east of "Hoptown" on Hwy. 68. A great place to photograph the total eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017!
|The name of the game is weather: Are the clouds going to interfere with your view of this eclipse on August 21, 2017?
This is how the clouds looked on August 21st from 2012 to 2016 across the lower 48. I am going to hit the road if the
weather looks bad for my location, and I live near Cadiz Kentucky. You should plan to be flexible if the forecast doesn’t
look right! There is nothing worse than being in rain, with the sky being pitch black for over two minutes on August 21st of next year during a solar eclipse!
I hope the skies will be TOTALLY CLEAR, and especially of jets! Contrails can spoil the view and photographs from the ground.
Moon's orbital plane influencing how the eclipse path looks like in 2017 and 2024
As you can see, the shadow of the Moon is highly influenced by the tilt of its own orbital plane. Of course rotation, distance, speed and so on play a factor too.
Updated on February 21, 2017