know - lots of you might be thinking, "Wait a minute - I'm
pretty sure I saw an eclipse, and it wasn't that long ago!"
You may very well have seen a partial
or an annular
In the words of Jim Rosenstock, "If you only think
you saw a total eclipse, I promise you - you didn't!"
Please go here
to get a brief explanation.
Take the day off work / school / whatever!
Get yourself into the path!
of the shadow across the United States. The
little black dot must pass directly over you,
in order for you to see totality!
how the path touches no land except
for the mainland United States? That is
rarer than you might think!)
would encourage everyone to please read all the
information you can on this site first (especially
"What is an Eclipse?"), so
you can get a feel for what's going to happen.
Other great information is contained on the links
below. Truly, this is an event not to be missed,
and it is our hope that every person - but
especially every American - who is capable of
getting into the path will enjoy this wonderful
WHAT WILL THE ECLIPSE LOOK LIKE FROM WHERE YOU ARE?
If you read nothing else about the eclipse,
please read this long rant, and check out the maps so you can see
how close to your home the eclipse path comes. Let
me explain. The basics of a total eclipse are that
the moon goes in between the sun and the earth,
and as the moon 'moves' across the face of the
sun, its very thin shadow passes along a "path" on
the ground. (This is represented by the little
black dot in the animation above.) You have to be
in that path in order to see the "total"
eclipse. If you're outside it, you'll get to see a
partial eclipse (boring!) -- and if you're
just barely outside the path, you'll see a
very deep partial eclipse -- but even that is not
anything you'd even want to leave your desk
at work to see!
Go here to
see an animation program we put together that
shows what you can expect to see from various
locations in the US.
We cannot stress this enough - if you're in
the path, you see what is perhaps one of the
most phenomenal sights that human eyes can convey
to a brain! If you're not in the path, even by
only a mile or so (!!!!!), you will come away
wondering what in the heck we even bothered to
make this site for! And you will have completely
missed the whole show. People fly to the remotest
deserts, jungles, islands -- frozen, desolate, and
mosquito-infested places - just to be in the path
of a total eclipse. So please, please, please:
walk, run, fly, drive, hike, roll, thumb, or cycle
yourself into the path on eclipse day, and
you will not regret it! Miss it, and you'll have
to wait till the next one (in 2024). Take it from
us - do not think that you're "close enough" to
the path to see something cool. Look at the maps,
and if where you are isn't in the dark band (and
as close to the blue centerline as possible),
please please get yourself there by
whatever means are necessary! Even if it's 300
miles or more! People will come from all over the
world to see this grand spectacle, and you already
live right here! You will thank us thousands of
times over for having talked you into it, and you
will thank whatever it is you believe in that you
got to see what you saw while standing in the
Please take it from me - I've kissed the Blarney
Stone, and seen the Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls,
Ayers Rock, the Berlin Wall, the Great Wall, the
Taj Mahal, the West Edmonton Mall, the Pyramids in
Egypt, the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor,
Stonehenge, the giant Sequoia Trees, Death Valley,
the Panama Canal, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Meteor Crater,
Yellowstone, the North Pole, the Midnight Sun over
the Arctic Ocean, Shakespeare's grave, the Alps in
Switzerland, the Grand Mosque in Istanbul, the
geysers in Iceland, the Sydney Opera House, the
Eiffel tower, the CN tower, Sydney Tower, Shanghai
Tower, the Ring at Bayreuth and the
Met, the Berlin Philharmonic, and my kids being
born -- and I'm not kidding: A total eclipse
is a spectacle to rival them all!
thee to the path....
the next few years, we'll be posting information
for school teachers and administrators, the media,
and public officials, dealing with the logistics
of handling the people who may be converging on
your community to see the eclipse. Eclipse parties
are definitely in order, and many communities will
want to set up official viewing areas. We will
help you do this, including contacting experts who
might make themselves available for consulting,
speeches, or educational opportunities in your
community. You will find the eclipse-chasing
community to be one of intelligent, down-to-earth,
concerned individuals who will help you in any way
they can, and will always be available for
questions and suggestions!
There is a lot of good information already out
there on eclipses in general. Please see the
learn more about eclipses,
and then return here for more information specific
to the 2017 eclipse!
Animation courtesy of Andrew Sinclair
(Notice how the
path touches no land except for the mainland United
States? That is much rarer than you might think!)
See what the eclipse will
look like from selected locations
Eclipse2017.org is soliciting pictures from anyone who
wants to contribute -- of the small towns,
burgs, hamlets, country roads, parks, lakes, etc., that are
in the path. Check out one of the Google maps listed below
in the Links, and send
us pictures of your favorite spot in the path! We'll
collect a coast-to-coast picture album of the entire path of
Anyone who wants to photograph or video the eclipse, and
send it to us, will be eligible to have their eclipse put up
on our site as part of a photo album of eclipse experiences!
We also encourage you to contribute
narratives, funny eclipse stories, reactions of people
around you, etc., to serve as a collective scrapbook of
eclipse memories from around the United States!
And, after the great day, we'll put up the stories and
pictures of your experience -- to share with everyone who
will have missed this one, and will want to take part in
We'll be collecting a series of reciprocal links to communities
and other organizations who are promoting the eclipse
on their sites. Please e-mail
us if you'd like to be included in this list.
Yes, it's important that the weather co-operates -- if you
can't see the sun, then you won't see the eclipse! It's
important to watch the weather forecasts intently in the
days before the eclipse. Eclipse chasers who travel around
the world are sometimes stuck in the location they've
chosen, and so they plan meticulously to seek out the most
likely places where the weather will be clear. We have much
more flexibility in travel here in the states, but you
should still keep watch. We will attempt to post weather
briefings here in the days leading up to the eclipse, but I
will not be around to update anything the day before or the
Go here to
see the latest forecast of selected cities in the path.
We are also offering archived
satellite imagery from August 21, to show you what the
weather looked like on "eclipse day" from previous years! Of
course, this may have little to do with the actual weather
we'll get on eclipse day, but it's still fun to look at!
Eclipse2017.org's goal for
eclipse day is for everyone to watch the eclipse - simple as
that! We plan to inform everyone -- school administrators,
mayors, governors, radio and TV stations, members of
Congress, DOT officials, local police agencies, immigration
officials, and anyone else we can think of -- about the
nature of this event, and assist in any way possible with
planning, logistics, communications, etc., to make this a
fun, enjoyable, and safe event for everyone.
There will be a lot of effort involved on the local level to
pull this off, and so, we'd like for anyone who feels they
can help - through the volunteering of their time and
talents - to contact
us. Your help will be greatly appreciated!
Examples of things you can do to help include
letter-writing, serving as a local information liaison, web
site design and maintenance, webcam/photo/video/webcast
expertise, site scouting... The list is endless! Even if all
you do is share the information you find here with someone
else, your help will be vital in ensuring that everyone has
a safe and fun three-day eclipse weekend! (That's right -
the party starts Friday night, and continues straight
through to Eclipse Monday!)
So where are we going to be? That's not figured out quite
yet. Unlike the upcoming eclipse of 2024, this one doesn't
touch our home state - so we can go anywhere we want! Here
are some very good choices:
beach in Oregon or South Carolina
Grand Teton National Park (or anywhere in
Wyoming along the path!)
Land Between the Lakes, KY
Downtown Nashville, TN
Any of the FIVE state capitols in the path
Smoky Mountains Nat'l. Park (though watch the
The campus of BYU - Idaho (in Rexburg)
Anywhere in the path of totality!
Community and institutional links
regarding the 2017 eclipse
ECLIPSE PICTURE OF THE DAY!
about eclipses on my own site (including stories of lots
of my travels to see them!)
great site to help you understand how to travel to
eclipses, and quite a bit more!
(Make sure to see their local circumstances calculator for
the 2017 eclipse!!)
Xavier Jubier's Google map - Click on
your location to get the local circumstances of the
eclipse's page about the 2017 eclipse
Wikipedia article on the 2017 eclipse
THE BEST ECLIPSE PAGE! ...from Mr.
Eclipse himself, Fred Espenak!
all the issues of TOTALITY! here)
Symphony, the leading manufacturer of safe solar viewing
of the paths of totality for Eclipse 2017 and Eclipse
Read about the
Simpson's Eclipse episode
is an eclipse really the way they showed it?
Eclipse2017 on Twitter!
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