aug 21st eclipse path
Greenville and Andersonville are both deep in the path with the central line passing between them. The duration from the cities is 2 minutes 11 seconds and 2 minutes 34 seconds, respectively, centered at 19:39 UT1 (2:39 pm EDT) and the Sun at 63В° altitude. Columbia is to the southeast and has a duration of 2 minutes 30 seconds. Just inside the southern limit is historic Charleston. The duration from downtown is 1 minute 29 seconds, while a 50-kilometre drive northeast to the central line offers 2 minutes 34 seconds.
The total solar eclipse of August 21 is the first total eclipse visible from AmericaвЂ™s lower 48 states in over 38 years. The last one happened in 1979 and passed through the Pacific Northwest and central Canada in late winter. (see: Total Solar Eclipses in the USA)
Your jaw will drop when you first see the corona and witness totality. You will be transfixed by the ethereal vision in the sky and when the precious two minutes have passed, your first thought will be ‘when and where is the next eclipse?’. Here are all the total solar eclipses across North America during the 21st century.
After August 21, 2017, the next total solar eclipse over North America visits Mexico, the United States, and Canada on April 8, 2024. This will be the Great North American Eclipse!
Resources from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Includes links to Astronomy Beat articles on the eclipse and eclipse-chasing, as well as Universe in the Classroom articles on teaching how and why eclipses happen.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, browse our listings and RV guide for campsites and rentals near the path of totality.
The eclipse predictions presented here DO NOT include the effects of mountains and valleys along the edge of the Moon. Such corrections for the lunar limb profile may shift the limits of the eclipse path north or south by
- Magenta – totality lasts within 0.1 second of Greatest Duration (over a span of
Obviously the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, occurs on August 21, 2017! That’s a Monday — in many places, the first day of the new school year.
- You should make every effort, if possible, to get into the path of totality on August 21, 2017. If you already live within the path, you’re in luck! If not, note that nearly everyone in the continental U.S. lives within a 1- or 2-day drive of the path.
- Totality lasts longer toward the center of the path of the Moon’s shadow than it does near the edge, so the closer you are to the “center line” of the eclipse, the more time you’ll have to enjoy the splendors of totality (weather permitting).
- Being within the path of totality is better than being outside it, but some places within the path may be better than others, depending on your preferences and budget. As described in more detail on our Weather & Climate page, experienced eclipse chasers aim to strike a balance among three factors: duration of totality; local accommodations, amenities, and attractions; and the likelihood of clear skies. These considerations often conflict with each other, for example, totality lasts longer in southern Illinois than it does to the northwest or southeast, but the parts of the country most likely to have clear skies in late August are in the northwest.
- You should have a Plan B in case the weather isn’t looking good on eclipse day at your preferred observing location. It’ll be helpful if there are good roads heading from your Plan A site to the northwest and southeast along the path of totality.
- See point #1.