The All-American Transcontinental Total Solar Eclipse
On August 21, the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years (since February 26, 1979) will cross the country from the Oregon coast to Charleston, South Carolina. Tens of millions of people will have the chance to see and experience the unique wonder of the Sun being blocked out by the Moon for 2-3 minutes. If you can travel to see the eclipse, you should!
To experience a total solar eclipse, you must travel to a location that is along the path of totality. Everyone in the United States will experience at least a partial solar eclipse.
At Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, just under 70% of the Sun’s diameter will be eclipsed.
NASA description of the total solar eclipse:
“The path of totality is a relatively thin ribbon, around 70 miles wide, that will cross the U.S. from West to East. The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT. Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT. From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 p.m. EDT. Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.”
These NASA resources will help you prepare to see the eclipse:
Additional eclipse information and resources
On May 12, the Los Angeles Times published two excellent articles regarding the upcoming eclipse.
The first was an overview of the event: http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-sci-solar-eclipse-2017-map/
The second article describes how astronomers will be tracking and recording the eclipse as it moves across the country: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-eclipse-science-20170512-htmlstory.html