It’s still more than two years away, but skywatchers all over the world are planning for the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. This will be the first solar eclipse since 1979 visible from the lower 48 states of the United States, and may be one of the most watched astronomical events in history.
This total eclipse will be visible across the U.S. on a narrow band from Oregon to South Carolina . The umbra– the region of totality–makes the west coast of North America at about 17:16 UT just south of Portland and heads out over the Atlantic about 90 minutes later at 18:48 UT over Charleston, South Carolina. The greatest duration of the eclipse will occur near Hopkinsville, Kentucky, just northwest of Nashville where the Sun will be eclipsed by the Moon for 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds. However, this region is not, statistically, the place with the best chance for clear skies. Eastern Oregon or western Idaho are likely better bets for good weather.
Slooh will have more information about this great eclipse over the coming months, as well as extensive coverage leading up to the eclipse, and of course a live show on the big day itself. If you missed it the most recent solar eclipse– or wish to relive the excitement– you can see the recording of our live show of the March 20, 2015 total solar eclipse from the far northern Atlantic.