Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 Solar Eclipse


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the Solar Eclipse happening Monday August 21st. A total solar eclipse is when the moon blocks out the sun for a very short time period. During that time, the entire sky goes black and the outer edge of the sun, the corona, is visible giving a halo effect. All stars will be visible and the temperature will drop. It is said to be one the most beautiful things you can experience on Planet Earth. So to make sure you don’t miss out, here is where, when, and how to view the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Where to see it

There is a strip of land called the “path of totality” that is about 70 miles wide from central Oregon through South Carolina that gives the best view of the 2017 eclipse. Major cities that lie closest to this path include:  Madras, OR, Idaho Falls, ID, Casper, WY, Lincoln, NE, Jefferson City, MO, Carbondale, IL, Paducah, KY, Nashville, TN, Clayton, GA and Columbia, SC. To see a full map of where to view click here.

When to see it

Anyone position at the center of the path of totality will see the full total eclipse for approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The farther you move away from the center of the path, the less time you will see the moon cover the sun. Below is a chart that gives times in the cities that lie closest to the center of the path.


Eclipse Begins

Totality Begins

Totality Ends

Eclipse Ends

Madras, OR 09:06 a.m. 10:19 a.m. 10:21 a.m. 11:41 a.m.
Idaho Falls, ID 10:15 a.m. 11:33 a.m. 11:34 a.m. 12:58 p.m.
Casper, WY 10:22 a.m. 11:42 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 01:09 p.m.
Lincoln, NE 11:37 a.m. 01:02 p.m. 01:04 p.m. 02:29 p.m.
Jefferson City, MO 11:46 a.m. 01:13 p.m. 01:15 p.m. 02:41 p.m.
Carbondale, IL 11:52 a.m. 01:20 p.m. 01:22 p.m. 02:47 p.m.
Paducah, KY 11:54 a.m. 01:22 p.m. 01:24 p.m. 02:49 p.m.
Nashville, TN 11:58 a.m. 01:27 p.m. 01:29 p.m. 02:54 p.m.
Clayton, GA 01:06 p.m. 02:35 p.m. 02:38 p.m. 04:01 p.m.
Columbia, SC 01:03 p.m. 02:41 p.m. 02:44 p.m. 04:06 p.m.

All data from NASA

How to see it

If you are planning on viewing the eclipse, you will need to wear protective solar viewing eyewear. These shades will allow you to safety gaze directly at the sun during the entire eclipse. It is very important to purchase eyewear that meets the international standard recommended by NASA. Rainbow SymphonyAmerican Paper OpticsThousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17 are a few companies that carry solar eclipse eyewear that meet the standard.