Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017
|Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017|
|Type of eclipse|
|Duration||160 sec (2 m 40 s)|
|Max. width of band||115 km (71 mi)|
|(P1) Partial begin||15:46:48|
|(U1) Total begin||16:48:32|
|(U4) Total end||20:01:35|
|(P4) Partial end||21:04:19|
|Saros||145 (22 of 77)|
|Catalog # (SE5000)||9546|
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible in totality within a band across the entire contiguous United States; it will only be visible in other countries as a partial eclipse.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon's apparent diameter is larger than the sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometers wide.
The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States was during the June 8, 1918 eclipse, and not since the February 1979 eclipse has a total eclipse been visible from anywhere in the mainland United States. The path of totality will touch 14 states (although a partial eclipse will be visible in all fifty states),  and 16% of the area of the United States. The event will begin on the Oregon coast as a partial eclipse at 9:06 a.m. PDT on August 21, and will end later that day as a partial eclipse along the South Carolina coast at about 4:06 p.m. EDT.
Future total solar eclipses will cross the United States in April 2024 (12 states) and August 2045 (10 states), and annular solar eclipses — meaning the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun — will occur in October 2023 (9 states) and June 2048 (9 states).
- 1 Visibility
- 2 Related eclipses over the United States
- 3 Total eclipse viewing events
- 4 Viewing from outside the United States
- 5 Online viewing events
- 6 Further images
- 7 Planning
- 8 Run-up to the eclipse
- 9 Impact on solar power
- 10 Commemorative stamp
- 11 Related eclipses
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 Further reading
- 15 External links
The total eclipse will have a magnitude of 1.0306 and will be visible within a narrow corridor 70 miles (110 km) wide crossing fourteen states of the contiguous United States: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. It will be first seen from land in the US shortly after 10:15 a.m. PDT at Oregon's Pacific coast, and then it will progress eastward through Salem, Oregon, Casper, Wyoming, Lincoln, Nebraska, Kansas City, Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Nashville, Tennessee, Columbia, South Carolina, and finally Charleston, South Carolina. (A partial eclipse will be seen for a greater time period, beginning shortly after 9:00 a.m. PDT along the Pacific Coast of Oregon.)
The longest duration of totality will be 2 minutes 41.6 seconds at about Giant City State Park, just south of Carbondale, Illinois, and the greatest extent (width) will be at near the village of Cerulean, Kentucky, located in between Hopkinsville and Princeton. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the Southeastern United States since the solar eclipse of March 7, 1970, which was only visible from Florida.in
A partial solar eclipse will be seen from the much broader path of the Moon's penumbra, including all of North America, northern South America, Western Europe, and some of Africa and north-east of Asia.
Related eclipses over the United States
This eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States since the solar eclipse of July 11, 1991 (which was seen only from part of Hawaii), and the first visible from the contiguous United States since 1979.
The path of totality of the solar eclipse of February 26, 1979 passed only through the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota. Many visitors traveled to the Pacific Northwest to view the eclipse, since it was the last chance to view a total solar eclipse in the contiguous United States for almost four decades.
Some American scientists and interested amateurs seeking to experience a total eclipse participated in a four-day Atlantic Ocean cruise to view the solar eclipse of July 10, 1972 as it passed near Nova Scotia. Organizers of the cruise advertised in astronomical journals and in planetarium announcements emphasizing the lack of future total eclipses observable in U.S. until this 2017 event.
The August 2017 eclipse will be the first with a path of totality crossing the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the U.S. since 1918. Also, its path of totality makes landfall exclusively within the United States, making it the first such eclipse since the country's independence in 1776. (The path of totality of the eclipse of June 13, 1257, was the last to make landfall exclusively on lands currently part of the United States.)
The path of this eclipse crosses the path of the upcoming total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024, with the intersection of the two paths being in southern Illinois in Makanda Township at Cedar Lake just south of Carbondale. A small land area, including the cities of Makanda, Carbondale, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Paducah, Kentucky, will thus experience two total solar eclipses within a span of less than seven years.
The solar eclipse of August 12, 2045 will have a very similar path of totality over the U.S., about 400 km (250 mi) to the southwest, also crossing the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the country; however, duration of totality will last over twice as long.
An eclipse of comparable length (up to 3 minutes, 8 seconds, with the longest eclipse being 6 minutes and 54 seconds) occurred over the contiguous United States on March 7, 1970 along the southern portions of the Eastern Seaboard, from Florida to Virginia.
Total eclipse viewing events
- Corvallis, Oregon – The Corvallis campus of Oregon State University will host OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience a weekend-long celebration of the eclipse. A watch party will also be hosted on campus the day of the eclipse.
- Keizer, Oregon – The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes a Class A baseball team will play a morning game that will feature the first ever "eclipse delay" in baseball history.
- Madras, Oregon – The city will sponsor a four-day Solarfest at two locations.
- Prineville, Oregon – Symbiosis Gathering will be hosting a global eclipse gathering. Dubbed Oregon Eclipse.
- Salem, Oregon – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will host an event at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.
- Craters of the Moon – The National Monument and Preserve will host NASA presentations, evening star parties hosted by the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society, high altitude balloon launches by the USC Astronautical Engineering department and NASA, and presentations by the New Mexico Chapter of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project.
- Idaho Falls, Idaho – Free entertainment and educational seminars and an eclipse-watching event at the Museum of Idaho (an official NASA viewing site) and elsewhere, and a free eclipse-watching event at Melaleuca Field.
- Rexburg, Idaho – Brigham Young University Idaho will offer a series of eclipse related educational events.
- Weiser, Idaho – The city will sponsor a five-day festival prior to the eclipse.
- Casper, Wyoming – The Astronomical League, an alliance of amateur astronomy clubs, will hold its annual Astrocon conference, and there will be other public events, called Wyoming Eclipse Festival 2017.
- Alliance, Nebraska – Entertainment and educational seminars will be offered.
- Auburn, Nebraska – Nemaha County Hospital will host an eclipse viewing event, including sharing safety tips from Lifetime Vision Center. The event is sponsored by Auburn State Theater.
- Grand Island, Nebraska – Stuhr Museum will host an eclipse viewing event, including the launch of a NASA eclipse observing balloon.
- Beatrice, Nebraska – Homestead National Monument of America – Events with NASA Saturday, Sunday and the day of the eclipse homestead events page
- Kansas City, Missouri – A 5-mile bicycle ride from downtown KCMO (where totality will only last about 30 seconds) to Macken Park in North Kansas City (where totality will last 1 minute 13 seconds) has been organized by KC Pedal Party Club, a local Meetup group.
- Lathrop, Missouri – The city will celebrate its 150th anniversary with an eclipse festival.
- Parkville, Missouri – TotalEclipseofthePark – August 20 educational program featuring NASA Glenn Research Center Hall of Famer Lynn Bondurant, '61, and August 21 watch party organized by Park University.
- St. Clair, Missouri – An event organized by the St. Clair City Chamber of Commerce.
- St. Joseph, Missouri – An event organized by Front Page Science will be held at Rosecrans Memorial Airport.
- Carbondale, Illinois – The area is calling itself the Eclipse Crossroads of America since it will also be in totality during the solar eclipse of April 8, 2024, and since Giant City State Park, just south of the city, will experience the longest period of totality during the eclipse (approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds). Southern Illinois University will sponsor many eclipse related educational events, including the two day Crossroads Astronomy, Science and Technology Expo, and viewing at Saluki Stadium. Amtrak will run a special train, the Eclipse Express, from Chicago to Carbondale.
- Carterville, Illinois – A three-day rock festival called Moonstock will be headlined by Ozzy Osbourne, who will perform during the eclipse.
- Goreville, Illinois – View the eclipse with the University of Illinois Astronomy Department.
- Atchison, Kansas — Benedictine College will host thousands in its football stadium. There will be students from schools from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma attending, plus numerous other guests who will hear from, amongst others, astronomers from the Vatican Observatory.
- Bowling Green, Kentucky — Western Kentucky University will host thousands of K-12 students in its football stadium.
- Hopkinsville, Kentucky – A four-day eclipse festival will be held at Jefferson Davis State Historic Site.
- Clarksville, Tennessee – Austin Peay State University will present several educational events, including an appearance by astronaut Rhea Seddon.
- Cookeville, Tennessee – Tennessee Technological University will be hosting a solar eclipse viewing party at Tucker Stadium, which is open to the public. The city of Cookeville will be hosting special events Saturday-Monday.
- Nashville, Tennessee – The largest city in the path of totality is offering many special events, including the Music City Eclipse Science & Technology Festival at the Adventure Science Center. The Italian Lights Festival is hosting the largest Eclipse Viewing Party in Nashville, a free NASA-Certified Eclipse Event held at the Bicentennial Mall. Two astrophysicists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will emcee the countdown.
- Bryson City, North Carolina – Planetarium shows will be offered, as well as rides on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to an eclipse location.
- Rosman, North Carolina – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) will be hosting a viewing event. The event at PARI has garnered international attention and the visitors will include amateur astronomers.
- Columbia, South Carolina – The South Carolina State Museum will host four days of educational events, including an appearance by Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke.
- Greenville, South Carolina – Viewing at Furman University. Events include streaming coverage from NASA, educational activities, and live music.
Viewing from outside the United States
Central America, Mexico, Caribbean islands
In northwestern Europe, the eclipse will only be visible partially, in the evening or at sunset. Only those in Iceland, Ireland, Scotland and the Portuguese Azores archipelago will see the eclipse from beginning to end; in the rest of the UK, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal, sunset will occur before the end of the eclipse. In Germany, the beginning of the eclipse will be potentially visible just at sunset only in the extreme northwest of the country. In all regions east of the orange line in the map, the eclipse will be invisible.
A partial eclipse will be visible only in Chukchi Peninsula (with about ~40%).
Online viewing events
- NASA – Live video streams of the event will be available on NASA's website.
- Exploratorium – A live-stream of the event can be seen in-person at the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco, California or online on their website.
Umbra (black oval), penumbra (concentric shaded ovals), and path of totality (red).
High-resolution map of the path in the United States.
This video features several visualizations of the event.
|Comparison of genuine and counterfeit eclipse glasses. The top image is of genuine glasses manufactured by American Paper Optics. The bottom image is of a counterfeit product.|
Counterfeit eclipse glasses have become a public health issue; deficient solar eclipse filters can quickly cause irreparable eye damage inasmuch as the retina has no pain receptors. In particular, it's not enough that the glasses have a logo and the ISO number 12312-2; customers must be reasonably confident that the glasses have come from a reputable manufacturer and/or authorized dealer. A person should not be able to see much through a safe solar filter except for the Sun itself, sunlight reflected off shiny metal, the hot filament of unfrosted incandescent light bulbs, bright halogen light bulbs, bright LED flashlights, and an arc-welder's torch (a welder's helmet can be used for safe viewing provided it has a filter of 12 or higher). The American Astronomical Society, in their listing of reliable vendors of eclipse glasses, states that not only must effective glasses dim the visible light of the Sun to a comfortable level, they must also filter most ultraviolet and infrared light.
Logistically, the demand for portable toilets will be "astronomical," with municipalities inside and alongside the path of totality planning (in some cases for three years, with the participation of several levels of governance, as with southern Illinois) for the sudden influx of people. Volunteers in smaller towns (as with Lathrop, Missouri, which will be coincidentally celebrating 150th anniversary of its founding) struggled to arrange viewing sites and logistics for what could be either a tourism boom or a disaster.
In the American West, illegal camping is a major concern, as with Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Idaho's Office of Emergency Management noted that Idaho was a prime viewing state, and advised jurisdictions to prepare for increased loads on their services; nearly every hotel and motel room, campground, and in some cases backyards for nearly 100 miles (160 km) miles north and south of the path of totality had been reserved several months if not years in advance. The state's population may temporarily increase by a third, with 370,000 to 500,000 visitors projected in state of 1.6 million people.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown authorized the deployment of the National Guard (six aircraft and approximately 150 soldiers), given that the sudden influx of tourists will occur during the peak of that state's fire season; the soldiers will perforce also be available for fire-fighting duties if needed. Furthermore, given that the expected increase in population of one million will closely mimic the increased demand in emergency services, hospital staffing will be augmented (overnight tents will be provided), as well as blood supplies and anti-snake bite antidote (which has a short shelf-life) along the totality line. The emergency room of the hospital of Madras, Oregon (population 6,700), for example, is anticipating a six-fold increase in patients; as the hospital only has 25 beds, medical evacuation is anticipated. The closest precedent for statewide planners is the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota, when approximately half a million people descend on the town.
Run-up to the eclipse
In Oregon at one point on August 17, four days before the eclipse itself, traffic was backed up for fifteen miles on U.S. Highway 26 near Prineville, the turnoff to an eclipse festival, as thousands arrived; some gas stations there and in Bend, Oregon had briefly run out of product the day before.
Impact on solar power
The eclipse will cause a reduction of solar power where the shadow reaches solar panels. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation measures impacts of this event, and predicts minor impacts. In California, solar power may decrease by 4–6,000 Megawatt at 70 MW/minute, and then ramp up by 90 MW/minute as the shadow passes. CAISO's typical ramp rate is 29 megawatts per minute. Around 4 GW mainly in North Carolina and Georgia are expected to be 90% obscured. The Solar eclipse of March 20, 2015 caused manageable solar power decreases in Europe; in Germany, solar power dropped from 14 GW to 7 GW, of a 38 GW solar power capacity.
On June 20, 2017, the United States Postal Service released the first application of thermochromic ink to postage stamps in its Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp to commemorate the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. When pressed with a finger, body heat turns the black circle in the center of the stamp into an image of the full moon. The stamp image is a photo of a total solar eclipse seen in Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006. The photo was taken by retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak.
Solar eclipses 2015–2018
|Solar eclipse series sets from 2015–18|
|Descending node||Ascending node|
|March 20, 2015
|125||September 13, 2015
|March 9, 2016
|September 1, 2016
Partial from Buenos Aires
|February 26, 2017
|145||August 21, 2017
|150||February 15, 2018
|155||August 11, 2018
|Partial solar eclipses on July 13, 2018, and January 6, 2019, occur during the next semester series.|
Saros series 145
This solar eclipse is a part of Saros cycle 145, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 77 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on January 4, 1639, and reached a first annular eclipse on June 6, 1891. It was a hybrid event on June 17, 1909, and total eclipses from June 29, 1927 through September 9, 2648. The series ends at member 77 as a partial eclipse on April 17, 3009. The longest eclipse will occur on June 25, 2522, with a maximum duration of totality of 7 minutes, 12 seconds. 
|Series members 16–26 occur between 1901 and 2100|
June 17, 1909
June 29, 1927
July 9, 1945
July 20, 1963
July 31, 1981
August 11, 1999
August 21, 2017
September 2, 2035
September 12, 2053
September 23, 2071
October 4, 2089
The metonic series repeats eclipses every 19 years (6939.69 days), lasting about 5 cycles. Eclipses occur in nearly the same calendar date. In addition the octon subseries repeats 1/5 of that or every 3.8 years (1387.94 days).
|21 eclipse events, progressing from north to south between June 10, 1964 and August 21, 2036|
|June 10–11||March 27–29||January 15–16||November 3||August 21–22|
June 10, 1964
March 28, 1968
January 16, 1972
November 3, 1975
August 22, 1979
June 11, 1983
March 29, 1987
January 15, 1991
November 3, 1994
August 22, 1998
June 10, 2002
March 29, 2006
January 15, 2010
November 3, 2013
August 21, 2017
June 10, 2021
March 29, 2025
January 14, 2029
November 3, 2032
August 21, 2036
Notable total solar eclipses crossing the United States from 1900 to 2050:
- Solar eclipse of June 8, 1918
- Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017
- Solar eclipse of April 8, 2024
- Solar eclipse of August 12, 2045
Notable annular solar eclipses crossing the United States from 1900 to 2050:
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causes substantial effects to wide-scale solar generation within a very short amount of time. The output generated by PV/solar systems will be either diminished or drastically reduced within the window of this event. Sudden widespread diminishing of solar irradiance may heavily affect areas with large amounts of utility scale PV energy installations or behind-the-meter DERs.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Solar eclipse of 2017 August 21.|
- Earth visibility chart and eclipse statistics Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
Frequently Asked Questions / Misconceptions / Information
- Eclipse FAQ – NASA
- Eclipse misconceptions – NASA
- Location-based eclipse calculations
- Determine eclipse viewing details for any city in USA – U.S. Navy
- An Observer's Guide to Viewing the Eclipse – National Science Teachers Association
Solar filters / glasses / viewers
- Reputable vendors of solar filters & viewers – American Astronomical Society
- How to determine if your paper glasses are safe? – NASA
- How to view the 2017 solar eclipse safely – NASA
- 2D/3D printable pinhole projectors – NASA
- Eclipse Site – NASA
- Eclipse resource guide – Astronomical Society of the Pacific
- Map, animations, and state-by-state guide to the eclipse of 2017
- 2017 eclipse site with eclipse overview, maps, cities, events, animations, safety, gear, history, and calendar.
- Solar power impact, diagram from EIA
- When Exactly Will the Eclipse Happen? A Multimillenium Tale of Computation