The ‘Great American Eclipse’ as it has been called is to be a truly spectacular total solar eclipse. Occurring on Monday August 21, 2017, this eclipse is likely to be the most watched, most photographed and most televised astronomical event of a generation. The path of totality will begin in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean then race across no less than 14 states of America from West to East. The corridor of the moon’s shadow will reach over 70 miles in width. Millions of Americans will live within easy reach of the total phase of this eclipse known as totality. Countless numbers of people will be making travel plans across the United States for August 2017.
Another rare aspect of this eclipse is that the path of totality occurs over just one country. This is America’s eclipse, a great eclipse for a great nation. The eclipse also occurs over the planet’s two largest oceans, the Pacific and Atlantic ending a little over 300 miles SSW of Cape Verde.
Maps, Timings, Eclipse Information and Weather
Maps of the eclipse path can be found on our Eclipse Maps area to see detailed maps of the path of totality for each state. The page also features links to other maps available online.
Timings of the eclipse can be found on a state-by-state basis on our Eclipse Timings area. This vast section expands further to show when totality occurs in hundreds of towns and cities across all the relevant states from Oregon to South Carolina. All of these pages are searchable so you should be able to find your town. If not, let us know!
Probably one of the most important aspects on eclipse day will be the weather. This page won’t predict the weather for you but it will help you to make an informed decision on where to observe the eclipse on August 21, 2017. The weather information is based on average weather prospects along the eclipse path. See Weather Prospects for a comprehensive overview.
Solar Eclipse Events 2017
Countless eclipse festivals, conventions, concerts and events are planned across America. Find an eclipse event near you with our events section which is broken down by state for ease of use. It also features a search facility.
Live Webcasts and Streams
Most of you will be hoping to experience totality in all its glory, “in the flesh”. However, if that is not possible or heaven forbid you are totally clouded out, this site will have plenty of resources available to watch all phases of the solar eclipse live via webcasts and live streams. All the links will be available in the Live Eclipse section.