Sunspots near the center of the Sun, and a pair at the bottom edge, seen in my telescope projection onto poster board, today (August 20th).


What will this eclipse look like in your state? Less than day away folks!
All maps are animated!
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Eclipse Safety: Watch The Skies Without Wrecking Your Eyes


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.


Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen in Illinois where greatest (maximum) duration of darkness will occur.

A larger image, of the map above (1920x1664), can be found here. All percentages on this map are obscurations. All times on this map represent the midpoint of totality.

Please click the start button for animation!

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 the greatest eclipse will occur.

A larger image, of the map above (1920x1356), can be found here. All percentages on this map are obscurations. All times on this map represent the midpoint of totality.

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.

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.



Total Eclipses of the Sun Over the States for the Next 100 years

April 8, 2024

Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri,Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine

March 30, 2033


August 23, 2044

Montana, North Dakota

August 12, 2045

California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida

June 11, 2048

Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan

March 20, 2052

Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida,Georgia, South Carolina

May 11, 2078

Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia
May 1, 2079

Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine

May 11, 2097



September 14, 2099

Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnetoa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina

May 3, 2106

California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maine

October 5, 2108





Our Moon before the eclipse on the mornings of
August 18 - 20, 2017, 45 minutes before sunrise.

Our Moon after the eclipse on the evenings of
August 22 - 24, 2017, 45 minutes after sunset.



Read Guy Ottewell's article, Tri-Saros, about how the 2017 eclipse repeats itself, sort of, over the decades.

Graphic created by Guy Ottewell!


Moon's orbital plane influencing how the eclipse path looks 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!



A View of the Moon’s Shadow Traveling West to East on August 21, 2017

All frames begins at 13:30 UT. The Moon, along with all other planetary objects, move west to east across the sky. As seen in Oregon, at that same time, the Sun is just rising just above the horizon, while the Sun has already been in the sky for three hours in North Carolina. In both cases, the Moon rose before sunrise towards the east. The Moon is heading towards the Sun from west to east even though the Sun and Moon are being carried westward across the sky due to the Earth's rotation..

You will note that the shadow cone, in the animation, is heading towards the coast of Oregon where a total solar eclipse can be seen in the morning hours. A couple of hours later, the shadow cone will move across the states towards North Carolina where another total solar eclipse will be seen in the afternoon. Again, the shadow is moving west to east.



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Updated on August 20, 2017