August 21, 2017 – Total Solar Eclipse

https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

NASA Television will air a multi-hour show, Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA, with unprecedented live video of the celestial event, along with coverage of activities in parks, libraries, stadiums, festivals and museums across the nation, and on social media.

Map of the U.S. showing the path of the 2017 solar eclipse
The total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, stretches across the U.S. from coast to coast, providing scientists with a unique opportunity to study the eclipse from different vantage points. NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
Credits: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a total eclipse will cross the entire United States, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918. Weather permitting, the entire continent will have the opportunity to view an eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on Earth’s surface. And plans for this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse are underway – scientists are submitting research proposals, NASA is sharing information on safe eclipse viewing with community centers, and citizen science projects are developing.

Over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states across the United States will experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. Additionally, a partial eclipse will be viewable across all of North America. The eclipse will provide a unique opportunity to study the sun, Earth, moon and their interaction because of the eclipse’s long path over land coast to coast. Scientists will be able to take ground-based and airborne observations over a period of an hour and a half to complement the wealth of data and images provided by space assets.

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4 thoughts on “August 21, 2017 – Total Solar Eclipse

  1. I live right in the path of “totality,” and all of the hotel rooms here are booked by eclipse watchers. I hope they all have appropriate eye protection because people are planning parties and other get-togethers to watch the eclipse. I think I will just watch on the NASA channel. 🙂

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    • I have to watch on the NASA channel. I’ll be on the plane in the Oregon air when the sun pass through Oregon on my way home after my daughter’s baby shower. I wonder if the plane will have all the windows shut!!!

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