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Are you ready for the Great American Solar Eclipse?

The drumbeats are growing louder by the day as the Americans prepare to celebrate and witness the great American solar eclipse, the largest event of their lifetime. We, at Path of Totality, have geared up to provide you with the most exhilarating experience of the day on August 21, 2017, so that you enjoy the rarest of the rare event on the American soil. We know that very few people have right ideas about how the day will unfold and what a spectacle awaits them. To make them ready for the occasion so that they enjoy a fascinating celestial event with proper understanding, we started our campaign for growing awareness among people over the last six months.

We have created the website named Path of Totality with the intention of holding the hands of people and taking them through the event methodically so that they have the most memorable and safe experience of viewing that only few would be lucky to witness. We want to educate people about the glorious event that has acquired national importance so that they understand why it is so special.
For celebrating the occasion, you can pick up some mementos that you will find on our website. Specially created to make the event memorable, these relics spread the awareness faster and wider. From Tote bags to t-shirts and coffee mugs, from leggings to iPhone cases and from hoodies and hats to throw pillows, designed to commemorate the event, you can pick up anything that you feel best to celebrate the occasion.
You will find plenty of useful information on our website about the event and know how to prepare to witness it. We provide comprehensive newsfeed to capture the frenzy that is growing around the country that will wake up on the morning of August 21, 2017, to experience the most unusual happening, as the sun will only disappear completely without a trace behind the moon. People will see only the shadow of the sun, as the sun rays would remain hidden. It will be completely dark at 10.45 Am between Lincoln City and Newport, in Oregon, the first point where the wonder will be visible.
What you will witness as total solar eclipse August 21, 2017, is not a rare scientific phenomenon because it keeps on happening. What makes it exceptional is that you are going to witness it from the American soil almost after a century, 99 years to be precise. And this is the reason why people are looking at it as an event of a lifetime. What you will see will be hard to believe because never before you might have dreamt that you will experience what it means by darkness at noon.
A black band of shadow almost 70 miles wide will travel at a stupendous speed of 1000 miles an hour and pass through from the east coast to the west covering 14 states. The phenomenon that will begin at sunrise will reach the last point on American soil at 2.49 PM when it reaches Carolina. The shadow keeps on moving until sunset by which time it will touch the West African coast after crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Thousands of people have booked hotels and other accommodation throughout the places that fall under the path of the shadow, which is the path of totality. Take up your position by knowing exactly where you must be to witness the event. The trajectory of the shadow begins from Oregon moves ahead to Idaho and Wyoming, then proceeds through the states of Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas and Tennessee and keeps moving westward to reach Georgia and finally touch upon North and South Carolina. View the map on our website that depicts the trajectory of the shadow so that you can identify the exact places where you must be. People who fall beyond the shadow line will also see the eclipse, but it will not be total. They have to be happy with partial eclipse that amounts to 60 percent.
The event promises big business for the tourism industry as logistics and accommodation are in high demand in areas that come under the path of totality. The places on the shadow belt have become tourist hotspots, and if you have not yet found a place until now, it might get late by every hour now. The event is just 90 days away, and you have to pull up your socks to ensure that you are there under the sun at the right place on that day. Read on to get answers to some reasonable questions that crowds your mind.
NASA recommends special solar viewing glasses that you must wear when you look at the sun directly. The lens of these glasses uses special filters that cut out the harmful rays of sunlight so that you can look at it without fear. Do not use any other kinds of glasses that might seem dark but lacks the quality of preventing the damaging sunlight from passing through it.
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Grand Island, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Corvallis, Lebanon and Albany, Oregon
  • Kansas City, Kansas
  • St. Joseph’s, Missouri
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Greenville, South Carolina
Most cameras might not be equipped to take pictures safely of the glare of the sun rays under partial eclipse. The best way is to project the eclipse on a screen so that you can take its photographs in an indirect manner. There will be lots of pictures available later, so better enjoy the impressive sight to etch it in your memory forever.
Pick up one of the mementos from our broad range today and start the celebration for the big day that you might be fortunate enough to witness.
A solar eclipse takes place when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. When the moon blocks the sun from our view, it is a total solar eclipse. This only happens during the day of a new moon. The sun and the moon are in conjunction, and the alignment is syzygy.

The dark silhouette of the moon obscures the sun from view. It casts two kinds of shadows on the surface of the earth. The darker one is the umbra, and the lighter one is the penumbra.
You can see anything from a partially obscured sun to a diamond ring during the solar eclipse depending on your location. In all cases, you will first see darkening around you. This will happen because the moon will gradually drift in before the sun and obscure it from the earth's surface. This will cause two kinds of shadows. If you are in the penumbra, you will see a general darkening with parts of the sun still visible. If you are in the umbra, you will see total darkness with almost zero visibility.

If you are in the path of totality, you will see a faint solar corona. Get ready for a lot of “ooh”s and “aah”s since solar corona is like nothing you have seen before. The sun’s corona will become visible for a brief span of time. You will see streamers, loops, jets, and twirls of light. These patterns are distinctive of the sun's strong magnetic field. Only during a total solar eclipse, the corona becomes visible to the "naked eye."
The totality on August 21, 2017, will be observable from all locations on the path of totality. The path will start from Oregon continue through Idaho, Nebraska, Wyoming, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and end at South Carolina.

It will run through a few major cities and towns. We are estimating about 5 million people on the roads to catch the event from the center line. The path will be about 70 miles wide. This may look like a glorious opportunity for the millions to catch the show. However, sadly, the path covers much fallow land, rugged mountainous terrains, and inaccessible grounds. NASA and some other organizations have interactive maps, animated maps, and tables of places the path will cover.
The great solar eclipse will hit the land of USA at 9:06 am. The people of Madras, OR will be the first to see the totality. Then it will continue through the 14 states and leave the nation at 4:06 pm.

What time you get to observe totality will depend upon your location. If you are in the path of totality, you should get to see a total eclipse for about 2 minutes 40 seconds at an average. How long this complete darkness lasts will depend upon the location you choose along the central line. If you are very close to the edge of the path, you may get to see total darkness from the Eclipse for only a couple of seconds.

You can refer to the NASA chart of that lists the moments of complete totality, duration and the cities for the finest observations. Their interactive map gives a fantastic option for users to interact and find out the cities, towns, and campgrounds that will be in the path of totality during this August solar eclipse.
If you are planning on viewing this year’s solar eclipse, you will need special protective eyewear. It is never safe to look directly at the sun without protective eye gear. Rays from the sun may permanently damage your eyes if you choose to do so.

Here are a few pieces of equipment you can try to view the great American solar eclipse of August 2017 safely –
  • Eclipse eyeglasses from companies that meet international (ISO 12312-2) standards.
  • Welder’s shades number 14 or higher
  • Pinhole projectors
  • Mounted solar filters on binoculars

Do not use medical X-ray films, color film, floppy disks and simple sunglasses to see the eclipse.

You can only look at the eclipse without any protective wear when it is in totality. As the eclipse clears, you should immediately put your protective eyewear back on.
21st August 2017 is going to be a busy day. Over 12 million people reside along the path of totality and an additional 25 million live within 8 hours’ driving distance. There might be evacuation like traffic on the morning of the eclipse.

If you are planning on traveling to catch the eclipse, we suggest you start at least the previous evening. Take much extra time in hand, or you may be left stuck miles away from totality during the peak hours.

You should also note that most hotels along the path of totality and nearby are already overbooked. Campgrounds are filling fast, and you need to make your plans ASAP if you are still thinking about catching the show.

Pack emergency medication, tons of dry food, water, camping equipment and book your stay in advance to avoid last minute disasters. To know more about the eclipse, you should read informative blogs that list the best places for better viewing and the equipment you will need for the same.
According to NASA, you may have to wait another seven years to see another total eclipse. The next total eclipse will happen over the southern United States of America and Mexico in 2014. Parts of North Eastern United States of America will also see the penumbral effect.

If you want to know more about how you can see this solar eclipse due on August 21, stay tuned.

As we near the countdown for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, there are fleeting rumors that have been filtering regarding power outages and possible panic. The ‘path of totality’ will travel across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, but while this may be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years, the path crosses each state for only a few minutes and there is no cause for alarm. The professionals that are monitoring and managing the various power stations are completely prepared for the slight dip that will occur. For you, there should be only one focus: taking this moment in time to enjoy an incredible celestial experience.

The professionals that are monitoring and managing the various power stations are completely prepared for the slight dip that will occur. For you, there should be only one focus: taking this moment in time to enjoy an incredible celestial experience.

The Path of Totality

The first locations to experience the eclipse will be in Oregon and as the path takes its 70-mile wide trek across the country it will slowly touch the states of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. Those that have the chance of a lifetime to witness the eclipse will see that the moon will cross the sun and it will create total darkness for just a few glorious minutes. The entire trip across the states will take approximately ninety minutes and then The entire trip across the states will take approximately ninety minutes and then viewing will head out to sea.

Start early with your plans

If you are planning to travel to a spot for viewing the event, you had better start creating your journey early. There are an incredible number of locations for viewing but since this is a once in a lifetime moment, anticipate that the most popular will also involve traffic. Some state departments and authorities are anticipating that many will arrive at the same time and since there is an approximate population of 12 million along the ‘path’ and almost 25 million are planning to drive, it is being compared to a hurricane-like evacuation for traffic volume. Many of the hotels, motels, and inns are already taking reservations so don’t wait until the last minute. Campgrounds that are on the path of totality are also filling up with bookings so make sure that you contact them now. Many of the hotels, motels, and inns are already taking reservations so don’t wait until the last minute. Campgrounds that are on the path of totality are also filling up with bookings so make sure that you contact them now.

What you should expect to experience

The total solar eclipse involves the movement of the moon and its shadow traveling from west to east and the path will follow in the same direction for the ninety miles of totality. The eclipse will occur later in the day the further east that you travel. To get a full picture of the path, you can use the online interactive map. This will help you to coordinate your personal plans to let you know which location to select that is the most convenient to you and can offer you the best experience.

Depending upon your location, you can expect the eclipse to last from around two minutes to two minutes and forty seconds. As the eclipse begins it will cast a lighter shadow on the earth’s surface known as the ‘penumbra’ of the moon. The dark shadow, known as the ‘umbral’ shadow will then slowly approach. When the umbra reaches the earth, viewers will be able to witness a total eclipse which will bring darkness in the middle of the day.

While you and your family will be energized to see the eclipse, understand that cloud cover can occur. In most cases, the moon’s shadow will break up connective clouds, however, to keep tabs on the weather status you can use the interactive Google map for updates.

Bring Your Safety Glasses to Protect your eyes

It is absolutely critical that you and all members of your group keep your specialty eclipse glasses handy. Most locations will be selling them and these glasses are a requirement in viewing the eclipse. Without them, you can burn the cornea of your eyes during much of the eclipse. Do not rely on standard sunglasses, your eclipse glasses must be the specially designed styles with polarized lenses.

If you are bringing video equipment and cameras, these also must have specialty lenses, however, it is advised that you enjoy the eclipse as many professionals will be creating incredible shots with high-resolution cameras and video equipment. It is not advised to bring your pets, as the eclipse may frighten them as well as harm their eyes.

Above all….Enjoy!

This is an incredible opportunity for you, your family and friends to experience a celestial moment that is not scheduled to happen again in the U.S. until April 8, 2024.

Make your plans, take all safety precautions and be a part of history that you will be talking about for many years.