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Friday, August 11, 2017

Great American total solar Eclipse

2017 August 21
On Monday, 2017 August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across all of North America Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse.The event has been described as the "Great American Eclipse" This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's's one of nature’s most awesome sights. Bright stars and planets will become visible as well.

What is solar eclipse ?

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometers wide.the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.  The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

What is the Locations to see solar eclipse ?

This is the most frequently asked question about the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017. There are many excellent places to view the eclipse across the entire path of totality
Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.
North Carolina
South Carolina

When will the total solar eclipse occur?

The lunar shadow enters the United States near Lincoln City, Oregon, at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins in the United States in Lincoln City, Oregon, at 10:16 a.m. PDT. The total eclipse will end in Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. EDT. The lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 p.m. EDT. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United States.

  • The below lists show times for cities in the path of totality the moment of mid-totality and the duration of totality . Data from NASA.

Eclipse begin
Totality begin
Totality ends
Eclipse ends

Madras, OR
09:06 a.m
10:19 a.m.
10:21 a.m.
11:41 a.m.
Idaho Falls, ID
10:15 a.m.
11:33 a.m
11:34 a.m
12:58 p.m
Casper, WY
10:22 a.m.
11:42 a.m
11:45 a.m.
01:09 p.m
Lincoln, NE
11:37 a.m
01:02 p.m.
01:04 p.m
02:29 p.m
Jefferson City, MO
11:46 a.m
01:13 p.m.
01:15 p.m
02:41 p.m
Carbondale, IL
11:52 a.m.
01:20 p.m.
01:22 p.m
02:47 p.m.
Paducah, KY
11:54 a.m.
01:22 p.m.
01:24 p.m.
02:49 p.m.
Nashville, TN
11:58 a.m.
01:27 p.m.
01:29 p.m.
02:54 p.m.
Clayton, GA
01:06 p.m.
02:35 p.m.
02:38 p.m.
04:01 p.m.
Columbia, SC
01:03 p.m
02:41 p.m.
02:44 p.m.
04:06 p.m.


The maximum point of the eclipse will take place near Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 18:20 UTC, which is 1:20 pm local time. Here, totality will last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

Looking directly at the sun will damage your eyesight

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse-totality, when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face ,The only safe way to look directly at the eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” - not ordinary sunglasses -
Do not look at the eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

The path of totality will cross through a whopping 14 states where more than 12,000,000 people will get to experience totality without ever leaving their home , there are also about 200 million people — nearly two-thirds of the total population of the U.S. — who live within a one day's drive (roughly 500 miles, or 800 km) from the path. Monday, Aug. 21, might see more travelers on the roads, on the rails and in the air than at any other time in 2017.
If you plan to travel to see the eclipse you have to know the traffic jam that you will find in that day or in the 2 hours

What do you think about that day ? do you plan for that day ? do you think there is a chance for camping in any country while watching the solar eclipse ?

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