It is now less than eight months before the big event!
The animated eclipse map of the great state of West Virginia was added on January 16th.

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.

 

What will this eclipse look like in your state?
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Florida
Indiana
Oklahoma Oregon
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Washington West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming more to come       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
Shawnee National Forest. Mostly one and two lane roads with the exact center located on farmland.

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 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!




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2016


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.

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in middle Tennessee.

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Missouri.

 



Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Kansas.

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Iowa.

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Georgia.


 


Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in North Carolina.

 


Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in South Carolina.

 

 


Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Nebraska.

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Idaho.

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Wyoming.

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Montana.

 

 

 

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Oregon.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Washington.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in California.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Alaska.

 

 

Stars and planets surrounding the August 21st total solar eclipse.


Regulus is the brightest star in the constellation of Leo. The Sun will be 44 arc-minutes (or less than one degree)
away from Regulus. Created, in part, in Stellarium (which is free to download).

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Alabama.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Mississippi.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Louisiana.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Arkansas.

 

 

Total Solar Eclipse from Space on August 21, 2017


As you can see, the Earth is rotating while the Moon is orbiting around us. You can see the umbra on the ground following the red path. (The music is from the motion picture soundtrack How the West Was Won by Alfred Newman.)

Great website for the latest about the Sun!

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Colorado.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Nevada.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Utah.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Arizona.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in New Mexico.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Texas.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Oklahoma.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in South Dakota.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in North Dakota.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Minnesota.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Wisconsin.


Cities that can be found on this animated map of Wisconsin of the August 21, 2017 total eclipse of the Sun are as follows:Appleton, Butternut, Eagle River, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Janesville, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Menomonie, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Racine, Sheboygan, Stevens Point, Superior, Wausau, Wisconsin Rapids, Yerkes Observatory


Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Michigan.


Cities that can be found on this animated map of Michigan of the August 21, 2017 total eclipse of the Sun are as follows: Alpena, Ann Arbor, Bad Axe, Battle Creek, Bessemer, Big Rapids, Cadillac, Copper Harbor,Crystal Falls, Detroit, Escanaba, Flint, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grayling, Holland, Ithaca, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Manistee, Marquette, Menominee, Muskegon, Niles, Petoskey, Port Huron,Saginaw, Sault Ste Marie, Tawas City, Traverse City, West Branch

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Indiana.



Cities that can be found on this animated map of Indiana showing the August 21, 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun are as follows: Anderson, Angola, Auburn, Bedford, Columbus, Crawfordsville, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Greencastle, Greensburg, Jasper, Jeffersonville, Kokomo, Lafayette, Logansport, Madison, Michigan City, Monticello, Muncie, New Castle, Rensselaer, Richmond, South Bend, Terre Haute, Vincennes, Wabash, Warsaw, and Washington.

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Ohio.

 

 

Eclipse of the Sun as seen in West Virginia.

 

Clips of Eclipses in Major Motion Pictures


This video project was done for a presentation on Astronomy Day a couple of years ago. Many movies incorporated a solar eclipse into the storyline. The very first movie was a short dealing with the Little Rascals back in 1935. The only movie that used an actual eclipse was Barabbas back in 1961. They had the actors ready for totality during the production (near Rome).

Of course, I can't show every movie, but I do have a list of movies, at the end of this video, that used a solar eclipse if interested. Anyway, hear is the link for you to peruse https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipses_in_fiction

 

 

What does a live video of a total eclipse of the Sun look like?

 

 

 

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Updated on January 17, 2017