With the internet, Android and online ordering, we feel as if we own this world. Well, it might be true in one way. However, we definitely cannot control what happens in the grand cosmos. For eons, the earth has been revolving around the sun, and the moon has been revolving around the earth. We can predict when and where we can see solar eclipses, but we cannot do anything to alter their paths or timings.
People from all over the world are waiting with bated breath for the great American solar eclipse of the 21st century. Here is a brief schedule of what you should do if you want to catch one of the biggest events of the century –
- Around August 15, 2017
We are hoping to see people from all corners of the world travel to the United States to catch the event “live.” Believe it or not, there are people who are traveling to the spots of perfect sight right now to secure their places in the path of totality.
These people also have backup plans and backup-backup plans to make sure they do not face an overcast sky on the D-day. All this for just a few seconds of an eclipse. However, they have valid reasons on their side. For the first time in 26 years, a total eclipse will occur in the US that will cover a path of over 70 miles stretching from the east coast to the west. It is a unique event of the last few centuries, at least.
By this time, we are expecting the prime viewing areas to have their businesses and logistics sorted out. Most of the hotels, inns, and resorts that fall along and around the areas of the total eclipse are dealing with overbooking for the event. As they days inch closer, people are more likely to go online regularly to check weather forecasts and updates on the timings.
- August 21, 2017
That is the day of the eclipse. As per the predictions made by astronomers and scientists, the eclipse will begin at 16:48:33 UT. The first touchdown will be in the North Pacific Ocean during the local sunrise time. This means, at this spot, the sun will rise in an eclipsed form, and it will be a remarkable sight. Since this eclipse will begin at sea and make its way to the land, we are also expecting a number of people on private yachts, cruises, and boats to wait for the total eclipse. This will be quite the on-sea party!
Here is a list of the states and their cities and towns that will experience the total solar eclipse on 21st of August 2017 –
The first land the eclipse touches will be Oregon, USA. On a rocky beach in Oregon, just north of Newport, you will be lucky to see the eclipse begin at 17:15:50.6UT. At this point, people will be able to see over 1 minute 50 seconds of totality. This is quite lucrative, and most people are indeed gunning for road trips to Oregon at the last moment to save on hotel booking and lodging costs.
We are expecting the center line of the eclipse to hit Oregon 6 seconds later. It will plunge Depoe Bay and Lincoln Beach into complete darkness. Other locations in Oregon that can experience different durations of totality include Albany, Lebanon, McMinnville, Salem, Dallas, Woodburn, and Corvallis.
The total eclipse will leave Oregon and travel to Idaho next. Stanley and Mackay will first see the total eclipse. Rexburg will get about 2 minutes and 17 seconds of complete darkness. We are placing our stakes on Borah Peak, the highest point in Idaho to be the most sought after location for this event.
No populated areas in Montana are going to see the totality. People who are already planning to take a trip to Lima, Dell or Monida are going to be really disappointed! There are no malls, no towns and not even tar roads where the totality will hit Montana. Therefore, unless you want a slice of adventure with this unforgettable experience, your luck in viewing the total eclipse in Montana is going to be really tough.
If you are excited about your camping trip or hiking trip to Yellow Stone during the totality, tough luck guys! The first national park, theYellow Stone National Park is simply not in the path of totality. The center line is quite far from the edges of the park.
However, looks like, the second time is the charm for Wyoming. The Grand Teton National Park is your place to be during this event. If you are planning to camp here, you will experience complete darkness for about 2 minutes 20 seconds at about 11:35 am local time.
The shadow grazes Pavilion, Riverton, Shoshoni, Lusk, Torrington, Thermopolis, Douglas, Glendo, and Casper. The last 5 are the larger towns in Wyoming that experience the complete eclipse. The center line coincides marvelously with the intersection of S. Poplar Street and Highway 220 right at 11:42:34 am.
Alliance and Scottsbluff are going to see the total eclipse first in Nebraska. North Platte and Stapleton are next in line. Then the shadow moves on to Hastings and Grand Island. The total eclipse will be visible from Grand Island for 2 minutes 35 seconds. This is 22 seconds more than what Hastings has to offer.
Omaha does not fall in the path of totality. You should rather move to Lincoln or Beatrice for a stunning view. Lincoln and Beatrice fall in the path of totality. The totality is short in Lincoln – 1 minute 25.5 seconds and quite extended in Beatrice – 2 minutes 25 seconds. The center line passes over Falls City next, at 1:04 pm.
The center line passes over Troy at 1:05:55 pm sharp. Then the total eclipse moves on to Atchison, Hiawatha, and Seneca. Leavenworth falls in the path as well followed by St. Joseph MO. If you are planning to travel to Topeka, DON’T! The total eclipse does not embrace Topeka.
There is not going to be much totality in this state. None of the I-29 in Iowa get any totality time. Only approximately 450 acres of land in Iowa will get totality. However, most of it is unoccupied land.
Therefore, just because we are making a mention of Iowa here, it does not mean it is a good idea to drive up there to see the total eclipse. The smallest part of the state will get to see the total eclipse, and most of that region is uninhabited land. You should rather move down south or west for a complete viewing experience.
More people are traveling to Missouri than any other state we know. This is going to be an interesting scout. Kansas City and St. Louis fall in the path of totality partially. A lot of local residents are opening up their houses as lodging and temporary accommodation for foreign travelers. Since KC and SL are enormous in size, it is quite impossible to give accurate durations for these two cities. The northern end of these cities will experience slightly different durations of totality as compared to the southern ends.
Any parks on the northern side of KC like Hodge Park will be a totality hotspot during the day. Liberty and Excelsior Springs and St. Joseph are all under the scope of totality. So are Festus and St. Clair. You can also try Columbia and Jefferson City for extended viewing. They get 2 minutes 36 seconds and 2 minutes 29 seconds respectively.
Hillsboro, DeSoto, St. Clair, Union, Farmington and Cape Girardeau are also lucrative spots although they get limited totality time. Downtown St. Louis, Busch Stadium and Lambert airport will only see partial eclipses. They do not fall in the path of the total eclipse.
Murphysboro, Makanda, Marion, and Carbondale fall in the path of totality. Shawnee National Forest that lies south of Carbondale will see about 2 minutes 44 seconds of totality.
Sorry to disappoint you! Cairo, Effingham, Mt. Vernon, and Springfield are NOT in the path. Chicago residents will also be able to see a partial eclipse only. In Illinois, the center line passes down south, and this makes southern towns and cities better viewing options for you.
Illinois is also one state that has the maximum extent of overlap between the paths of totality of the 2017 great eclipse and the 2024 eclipse.
Kentucky has wonderful options for viewing the totality. You can choose between Paducah, Eddyville, Hopkinsville, and Franklin. The Hopkinsville community college is making exceptional preparations for the event, and you should certainly try to be there if you are planning to travel to Kentucky.
Lexington, Mammoth Cave, Murray, and Louisville are NOT in the path. You will only be able to see partial eclipses. If you reside in Bowling Green, we advise you move up to Hopkinsville for a luxurious viewing of 2 minutes 40 seconds.
Nashville is one of the first major cities in this state to hit the path of totality. Next are Clarksville, Springfield, Portland, Westmoreland, and Brentwood. All these places lie in the path and enjoy at least 2 minutes 17 seconds of total darkness.
Chattanooga and Knoxville are NOT in the path of totality. People who are planning to drive and travel to these places should rather choose I-75. People living in Lebanon are exquisitely lucky since you will enjoy about 2 minutes 24 seconds of totality. Sparta, Baxter, Crossville, Dayton, Murfreesboro, Athens, Sweetwater and Cleveland are also on the path.
We must start by saying that Atlanta is NOT in the path. Instead, you should target the I-85 route, I-75 or US19 up and into North Carolina for complete viewing of the total eclipse. If you are in Georgia already, you should consider moving to Clayton or Toccoa for better viewing. Black Rock Mountain State Park is also a great option for a family outing and totality viewing. You can experience about 2 minutes 36 seconds of totality up there.
Sorry guys, Asheville is NOT in the path. So if you are ready with maps and navigation options, it is time to change direction. You can put your pin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It lies bang in the path of totality.
Bryson City and Santeetlah Lake are going to be great for camping and viewing. If you are allergic to camping, try Murphy, Franklin, and Andrews at 2:34 pm, 2:35 pm and 2:34 pm respectively.
If you are in charlotte (NC) step into SC, because it is not in the path either. The shadow first hits SC at Greenville. It is a large city, and it remains in complete shadow for about 2 minutes 14 seconds. The shadow hits the city at 2:38 pm sharp.
Next in line is Greenwood, Sumter, and Charleston. Then the center line cuts across the US17 and moves to McClellan Ville.
Then totality leaves the US soil at 2:49:07.4 pm. You can see that too since it will be visible from an isolated, virgin beach at the tip of Cape Romain. This is east of McClellan Ville. We are again expecting a swarm of yachts and boats out in the sea for clear viewing of totality after it leaves US soil. Therefore, if you are planning for a quite camping and viewing from the barrier island, you can forget it.
The upcoming solar eclipse 21st-Aug-2017 is going to be a momentous event in the history of the world. All astronomers and general people are eager about the path of totality that cuts through the US mainland. The shadow will remain on the US soil for 1 hour 33 minutes and 16.8 seconds. This may be shorter than a Hollywood movie, but it is enough to change the course of history for some towns and cities lying along the path.
After the shadow leaves SC, it will continue over the Atlantic Ocean and then it will lift off the earth’s surface swiftly before touching African soil. This will occur almost 75 minutes after the totality leaves the US.