I travelled to “ground zero” or maximum duration of darkness a few miles south of Carbondale Illinois on August 22nd. It will be next to impossible to access. There are thick woods and farmland in that area. There are one and two lane roads in the vicinity, but no roads leading you to the exact spot. You might be able to walk there, but the local residents, I'm sure, won't be happy!
The University of Southern Illinois (SIU) will setup an area on the campus to observe the total eclipse of the Sun for the students and public. When I find out more of what they will arrange, I will pass it on to you!
The 2017 total eclipse of the sun with full, understandable animated maps for various cities in each state in the United States on one map per state here at shadowandsubstance.com!
The total eclipse of the Sun as seen from various cities across the state of Tennessee on August 21, 2017. The cities shown on this map are the following: Athens, Brownsville, Centerville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Crossville, Decaturville, Dunlap, Dyersburg, Fayetteville, Gatlinburg, Greeneville, Huntingdon, Jackson, Jacksboro, Jamestown, Kingsport, Knoxville, Lawrenceburg, McMinnville, Memphis, Morristown, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Paris, Portland, Selmer, Shelbyville, Somerville, and Union City.
The central line of totality, crosses the Kentucky-Tennessee border in Robertson county some ten miles north of Springfield (which is in a cornfield). Totality will last 2 minutes and 42 seconds at that location. Clarksville will have totality lasting 2 minutes and 20 seconds. Details in times and percentages of the Sun eclipsed can be found here. The central line of totality will exit at the Tennessee-North Carolina border with a time of 2 minutes and 41 seconds. That area is in a heavily forested part of the Appalachian mountains.
Out of the entire state, the Moon will obscure (cover) the least amount of the Sun at 93.3%, in Memphis Tennessee. Kingsport, in north-east Tennessee, comes in at 96.5%. You can right-click the mouse to zoom in. The green buttons will control the above animation.
All data came from the United States Naval Observatory.
Finally! A more even-handed article about bragging rights for the 2017 solar eclipse posted on July 8th!
This is how Kentucky will look on August 21, 2017.
For those who have iPods and Androids, I have a new website setup to accommodate that type of technology which you can access by clicking here. You can also click here strictly for the flash animation of Kentucky.
I will be creating eclipse animations for the rest of the states as time permits.
Total Eclipse of the Sun
August 21 (Monday), 2017
A musical variation of the 2017 eclipse I posted on YouTube
I used Voyager 4.5.7, Adobe Photoshop and Flash, and Alcyone Eclipse Calculator to put this animation together. The music is from the album Around the World in 80 Days by 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!
Updated on August 24, 2014