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Why This Eclipse Is So Special

On Monday, August 21, 2017, North Americans will get an opportunity to observe nature’s greatest show — a total eclipse of the Sun. This total eclipse of the Sun will be the first in nearly four decades that will be visible so close to home.

Why This Solar Eclipse is So Special
This will mark the first time in this century, and the first time since 1979, that a total solar eclipse will cross the contiguous (48) United States (Alaska had its turn in 1990; Hawaii in 1991). The shadow track —better known as the “path of totality” — will sweep only over the United States and no other country for the very first time, leading some to refer to this upcoming event as “The Great American Eclipse.”

In the table below, we have calculated specific details of the eclipse for 40 cities that are outside of the path of totality and will only see a partial eclipse. For each city, you will find the local time for the start of the eclipse, followed by the time when the greatest amount of the Sun will be covered, the greatest percentage amount that will be covered, and the time for the end of the eclipse. Only in Honolulu will the start of the eclipse occur before the Sun comes up. If your city is predicted to see more than 85 percent coverage, then you should seriously consider traveling to a place that is inside of the path of totality. Understand that it might mean as much as a day’s drive to get there, but we promise you it will be well worth the trip!

Partial Eclipse Of The Sun, August 21, 2017
LocationStartsGreatestPercent
Covered
Ends
Honolulu6:12 a.m.6:35 a.m.27.3%7:25 a.m.
Anchorage8:21 a.m.9:16 a.m.45.6%10:13 a.m.
San Francisco9:01 a.m.10:15 a.m.75.5%11:37 a.m.
Los Angeles9:05 a.m.10:21 a.m.62.2%11:44 a.m.
Portland, OR9:06 a.m.10:19 a.m.99.3%11:38 a.m.
Seattle9:08 a.m.10:20 a.m.91.9%11:38 a.m.
Vancouver9:10 a.m.10:21 a.m.86.0%11:37 a.m.
Tucson9:16 a.m.10:36 a.m.59.0%12:03 p.m.
Boise10:10 a.m.11:27 a.m.99.5%12:50 p.m.
Helena10:17 a.m.11:34 a.m.92.2%12:56 p.m.
Calgary, AB10:20 a.m.11:33 a.m.77.2%12:50 p.m.
Denver10:23 a.m.11:47 a.m.92.3%1:14 p.m.
Omaha11:38 a.m.1:04 p.m.98.0%2:30 p.m.
Winnipeg11:40 a.m.12:57 p.m.70.7%2:15 p.m.
Austin11:41 a.m.1:10 p.m.65.1%2:39 p.m.
Houston11:46 a.m.1:16 p.m.66.6%2:45 p.m.
Cairo, IL11:52 a.m.1:22 p.m.99.9%2:48 p.m.
Memphis11:52 a.m.1:22 p.m.93.2%2:50 p.m.
Chicago11:54 a.m.1:19 p.m.86.7%2:42 p.m.
New Orleans11:57 a.m.1:29 p.m.75.3%2:57 p.m.
Louisville12:59 p.m.2:27 p.m.95.8%3:51 p.m.
Mexico City1:01 p.m.2:20 p.m.26.7% 3:37 p.m.
Chattanooga1:02 p.m.2:32 p.m.99.5%3:57 p.m.
Knoxville1:04 p.m.2:34 p.m.99.9%3:58 p.m.
Atlanta1:05 p.m.2:36 p.m.97.0%4:01 p.m.
Cleveland1:06 p.m.2:30 p.m.80.0%3:51 p.m.
Asheville1:08 p.m.2:37 p.m.99.2%4:01 p.m.
Toronto1:10 p.m.2:32 p.m.70.6%3:49 p.m.
Washington1:17 p.m.2:42 p.m.81.1%4:01 p.m.
Montreal1:21 p.m.2:38 p.m.58.3%3:50 p.m.
New York1:23 p.m.2:44 p.m.71.6%4:00 p.m.
Quebec City1:26 p.m.2:39 p.m.52.4%3:49 p.m.
Miami1:26 p.m.2:58 p.m.78.3%4:20 p.m.
Boston1:28 p.m.2:46 p.m.63.2%3:59 p.m.
Portland, ME1:29 p.m.2:45 p.m.58.8%3:57 p.m.
San Juan, PR2:11 p.m.3:34 p.m.79.9%4:46 p.m.
Moncton, NB2:38 p.m.3:49 p.m.56.4%4:54 p.m.
Halifax, NS2:42 p.m.3:53 p.m.48.4%4:58 p.m.
Hamilton, BM2:51 p.m.4:12 p.m.81.1%5:25 p.m.
St. John’s, NL3:29 p.m.4:29 p.m.31.7%5:24 p.m.

In the accompanying table, we have calculated specific details of the eclipse for 40 locations that are inside the path of totality and will witness the grand spectacle of a total eclipse of the Sun. For each location, you will find the local time for the start of the eclipse, followed by the time when the total eclipse will start, then the duration of totality in minutes ("m") and seconds ("s") and finally, the time for the end of the eclipse.

Total Eclipse Of The Sun, August 21st, 2017
LocationStartsTotality StartsDurationEnds
Lincoln Beach9:04 a.m.10:15 a.m.1 m. 58 s.11:36 a.m.
Corvallis9:04 a.m.10:16 a.m.1 m. 39 s.11:37 a.m.
Salem9:05 a.m.10:17 a.m.1 m. 54 s.11:37 a.m.
Idaho Falls10:15 a.m.11:32 a.m.1 m. 47 s. 12:58 p.m.
Jackson Hole 10:16 a.m.11:34 a.m.2 m. 20 s.1:00 p.m.
Gannett Peak10:17 a.m.11:36 a.m.2 m. 02 s.1:02 p.m.
Riverton10:19 a.m.11:39 a.m.2 m. 13 s.1:05 p.m.
Casper10:22 a.m.11:42 a.m.2 m. 25 s.1:09 p.m.
Scottsbluff11:25 a.m.12:48 p.m.1 m. 41 s.1:41 p.m.
North Platte11:30 a.m.12:54 p.m.1 m. 31 s.2:21 p.m.
Kearney11:33 a.m.12:57 p.m.1 m. 53 s.2:25 p.m.
Hastings11:34 a.m.12:58 p.m.2 m. 13 s.2:26 p.m.
Grand Island11:34 a.m.12:58 p.m.2 m. 34 s.2:26 p.m.
Lincoln11:37 a.m.1:02 p.m.1m. 26 s.2:29 p.m.
Seneca11:38 a.m.1:04 p.m.2 m. 32 s.2:32 p.m.
Atchison11:40 a.m.1:06 p.m.2 m. 18 s.2:34 p.m.
Saint Joseph11:40 a.m.1:06 p.m.2 m. 38 s.2:34 p.m.
Leavenworth11:40 a.m.1:07 p.m.1 m. 30 s.2:35 p.m.
Kansas City, KS 11:41 a.m.1:08 p.m.On Edge2:35 p.m.
Kansas City, MO11:41 a.m.1:08 p.m.On Edge2:35 p.m.
Columbia11:45 a.m.1:12 p.m.2 m. 36 s.2:40 p.m.
Jefferson City11:46 a.m.1:13 p.m.2 m. 28 s.2:41 p.m.
Saint Louis11:50 a.m.1:18 p.m.On Edge2:44 p.m.
Cape Giradeau11:51 a.m.1:20 p.m.1 m. 44 s.2:47 p.m.
Carbondale11:52 a.m.1:20 p.m.2 m. 37 s. 2:47 p.m.
Marion11:52 a.m.1:20 p.m.2 m. 27 s.2:47 p.m.
Paducah11:54 a.m.1:22 p.m. 2 m. 20 s.2:49 p.m.
Hopkinsville11:56 a.m.1:24 p.m.2 m. 40 s.2:51 p.m.
Clarksville11:56 a.m.1:25 p.m.2 m. 17 s.2:52 p.m.
Bowling Green11:58 a.m.1:27 p.m.1 m. 27 s.2:53 p.m.
Nashville11:58 a.m.1:27 p.m.1 m. 54 s. 2:53 p.m.
Murfreesboro11:59 a.m.1:29 p.m.0 m. 53 s.2:55 p.m.
Clayton1:06 p.m.2:35 p.m.2 m. 34 s.4:01 p.m.
Franklin1:06 p.m.2:35 p.m.2 m. 30 s. 4:00 p.m.
Greenville1:09 p.m.2:37 p.m.2 m. 10 s.4:02 p.m.
Columbia1:13 p.m.2:41 p.m.2 m. 29 s.4:06 p.m.
N. Charleston1:16 p.m.2:46 p.m.1 m. 48 s.4:09 p.m.
Charleston1:16 p.m.2:46 p.m.1 m. 31 s. 4:09 p.m.
McClellanville1:17 p.m.2:46 p.m.2 m. 33 s.4:10 p.m.

The most important thing to keep in mind is never to look at even a portion of the Sun directly without proper viewing glasses. Such eyewear has special filters expressly designed for viewing the Sun and can be found online at FarmersAlmanac.com. Only during the total phase can the Sun be viewed directly without any special filters.

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40 comments

1 Susan Higgins { 08.18.17 at 8:20 am }

Hi Jamie, at this date, you might want to check the local forecast for each city. Have fun!

2 jamie { 08.17.17 at 11:48 pm }

which will be better weather greenville sc or lebanon tn for eclipse, pls help us decide

3 Susan Higgins { 08.18.17 at 8:22 am }

Hi Tina, we’re not selling them because we sold out! The glasses we were selling are from one of the top reputable eclipse glasses vendors, Rainbow Symphony, Inc. We would never sell anything that wasn’t safe. Thanks for your inquiry!

4 TINA { 08.15.17 at 2:54 pm }

I bought eclipse viewing glasses from the website. Are they safe? I notice that you are no longer selling.

5 Susan Higgins { 08.14.17 at 11:26 am }

Hi AWN1992, Unfortunately, we sold out of the eclipse glasses last week. There are many retailers selling them, just be sure they are ISO certified.

6 AWN1992 { 08.14.17 at 10:01 am }

I am trying to find where the glasses are on the website to purchase. Can someone please provide the link?

Thanks!

7 carmen diaz { 08.02.17 at 7:32 am }

It is the Wonder of ALL MIGHTY GOD! What a shame, people now days not having faith at all. How do you really think Earth came about?

8 Susan Higgins { 08.02.17 at 8:31 am }

Hi Christine, as long as you don’t stare directly into the Sun, you and Louie can be outside with no problem (as you normally would on a sunny day). The issue is with wanting to watch the eclipse take place and staring directly at the Sun to see it disappear. For this, you would need protective eyewear. You can make a pinhole reflector to see it by following the instructions here: https://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2016/08/14/diy-pinhole-reflector-solar-eclipse/

9 Christine Nagle { 07.31.17 at 9:34 am }

What type of protection do I need to protect my eyes as well as my dog’s eyes? Would it be best to have “Louie” my lab, indoors?

Thank you,
Chris

10 Martin { 07.26.17 at 8:15 pm }

As you observe the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, ask yourself how come the sun and the moon appear to be exactly the same size (diameter) to an observer here on Earth?
We all know there is a tremendous difference in the sizes of the sun and moon and there is also a tremendous difference in the relative distances of the sun and the moon from the Earth.

Nevertheless, to Earthlings both spheres appear exactly the same size at the time of an eclipse!
How come? Is this just a happy coincidence of “nature”? Or is this the plan and purpose of a Vast Creative Intelligence, commonly known as God?

King David, in Psalm 19, wrote that “the Heavens declare the Glory of God…”

I believe that an eclipse phenomenon like that which we will observe next month is a good example of what Kind David was referring to.

What do you think?

11 donna { 07.22.17 at 8:54 pm }

i remember when i was younger and in private school, our science teacher had us one year of a solar eclipse, punch a hole in a sheet of paper and hold it up over our heads. it was a great way to watch the solar eclipse on the ground. that way no eyes were hurt in the process. the next time, we made a frame to hold the paper and stood around watching the ground as the eclipse was going thru it’s changes. great memories from long ago.

12 Susan Higgins { 07.25.17 at 8:45 am }

Hi Connie, if you check out the map in the post, you’ll see that you’ll have about a 70% view. Will still be exciting!

13 Connie { 07.22.17 at 11:51 am }

Wow, I’m from Ogdensburg, N.Y., along the border with Canada. It looks as if the eclipse will pass right over us heading near Ottawa?

14 Bobbi { 07.21.17 at 10:33 am }

Blessed Be !

15 steve { 06.21.17 at 6:42 pm }

cant wait to see it saw the last one

16 Susan Higgins { 06.15.17 at 9:14 am }

Hi Kimberly, according to the map it looks as though you will have 80% magnitude viewing from Philly. Take a look at the map here:
https://cdn.farmersalmanac.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/FA-Eclipse-Map-WEB.jpg

17 Kimberly M. Harris { 06.15.17 at 8:36 am }

I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is there any way of viewing the eclipse from my neck of the woods on August 21, 2017.

18 Gordon { 05.06.17 at 6:48 am }

Hello Eclipse Chasers,

Just wanted to let everyone know that the Android version of Solar Eclipse Timer was released last weekend. It is now on the Google Play Store, search using the name Solar Eclipse Timer.

There is a new update to both the iOS version and the Android version. Now there is an image of solar glasses right on the main timer screen to remind everyone to use them during the partial phases. It disappears during totality (C2 to C3) and reappears at the end of totality.

Also, I have added a voice reminder at 2nd Contact that says “glasses off, glasses off.” Then 8 seconds before 3rd Contact I have added a voice reminder that says “glasses on, glasses on.” The glasses on warning gets repeated again right at 3rd Contact. I have done this for eye safety reasons and to help first-time eclipse observers know exactly what to do.

Visit my website and read about the features and email with questions. My YouTube channel Foxwood Astronomy has my eclipse photography preparation videos.

Thanks,
Gordon
http://www.solareclipsetimer.com

19 Gordon { 04.12.17 at 1:00 pm }

Hello everyone,

I gave my eclipse photography talk to the Solar Science Group at NASA in Huntsville, Alabama yesterday. I think they learned a lot and a number of them will be using my solar eclipse timing app in the field when they lead observing groups around the Southeast. These are exciting times! The android version is fully tested now and I should be able to release it in about 2 weeks.

Gordon
http://www.solareclipsetimer.com

20 Susan Higgins { 03.24.17 at 8:36 am }

Thanks for sharing, Gordon! Sounds wonderful!

21 Gordon { 03.23.17 at 8:54 pm }

Hey everyone,

Tuesday night I gave a talk on eclipse preparation and eclipse photography to the Birmingham Astronomical Society (AL). I had a really good time meeting that group and I the information I presented was really well received. They told me they learned a lot about preparing for an eclipse from me presenting my experiences with photographing three of them. It was gratifying for me. In the next couple of weeks, I will be posting some of the slides as a video on my YouTube channel Foxwood Astronomy, where I already have helpful preparation videos. They loved the concept of my timer app especially the automatic calculation fo the sequence of 10 partial phase images.

Gordon
http://www.solareclipsetimer.com

22 Susan Higgins { 03.09.17 at 8:41 am }

Hi Gordon, Thank you for your service. And thanks for your note. Our post includes a map with the path of totality as well. Enjoy the show!

23 Gordon { 03.09.17 at 7:25 am }

Hi everyone,
I am a veteran of observing 3 total solar eclipses overseas and I am excited for this USA eclipse. I noticed there were a couple of posts from the past where people were asking “how much they would see” in certain cities that were not in the path. Please don’t look at is that way, you must get into the path of totality, this eclipse is all about totality! Even being 1 mile away from the path is not good enough. Search for “Google Interactive Eclipse Map” at pick one, these will show the path of totality, On eclipse day get into the path as close to the center line as reasonable. Try to look for a shopping center that has a big parking lot in the path and park there so you don’t have to park on the side of the road. Order eclipse glasses now, so you have them. You must protect your eyes all the way through the partial phases, but during totality you can look at the eclipsed Sun with your eyes. It is a spectacular sight. You must know the exact time that is going to happen for your observing location. My mobile app is designed to tell you all of the important times and “talk” you through the eclipse. http://www.solareclipsetimer.com

Thanks,
Gordon

24 Solar eclipse timer.com { 03.06.17 at 9:01 pm }

Solar Eclipse Timer is an easy to use mobile app that will “talk” you thru the Total Solar Eclipse. Simple enough for everyone yet complex enough for experienced viewers. Check it out at http://www.solareclipsetimer.com. Get in the path, it is going to be an amazing show!!! You don’t want to miss a second!

25 jaiosb64 { 02.22.17 at 12:45 pm }

I don’t agree.

26 Susan Higgins { 02.12.17 at 8:12 pm }

Janie, if you’re traveling, you might want to book a hotel and simply head outside to view. You can locate a park or a parking lot. Or investigate the town you’re traveling to and ask the Chamber of Commerce where would be a nice location.

27 Janie { 02.12.17 at 7:48 pm }

How do you find a place to park in the zone of totality? Just pulling off of the road does not seem safe or sane. Will all public parking be full?

28 Jo { 02.10.17 at 8:09 pm }

Please help I can’t find Philadelphia PA. Thank you in advance!

29 Henry Martin { 10.03.16 at 7:09 pm }

“On Edge” means that the cities have areas of totality but are mostly at 99%. Folk there will have to travel about 30 miles in towards the center path for the best (longest) viewing.

To Maggie: I experienced a total eclipse when I was a teenager (near Valdosta, GA). Please don’t miss this because of distance. Get on I-95 from Maryland and come to Greenville, SC (or Columbia, but shhhh) for an experience of a lifetime. Even on a cloudy day (fingers crossed) a total eclipse is a thing you should try to experience. Partials are interesting, but hardly noticeable.

And yes, this is on a Monday, before school starts about a week later. I hear there is going to be a big party at “Death Valley” in Clemson, SC (near maximum totality!). Y’all can come stay in Greenville and see it at maybe 20 seconds less exposure.

30 Melinda M { 08.27.16 at 12:07 pm }

On 8/24 Roxy asked what “On Edge” means for Duration in Kansas City. I’m in KC and also looking for that information. Does anybody know???

31 Owen Sanders { 08.24.16 at 4:07 pm }

I’m just 7 miles from Marion, Illinois, I will see a total eclipse I’ve got my glasses and lens for my telescope ready. Bring it on can’t wait for it.

32 Roxy { 08.24.16 at 8:40 am }

What does “on edge” mean for the duration of the total eclipse in Kansas City?

33 Mandy { 08.24.16 at 9:02 am }

Hey Liz, I think you are looking at a 2016 calendar. August 22,2017 is on a Thursday.

34 liz { 08.24.16 at 7:27 am }

So I’m checking the calendar to make sure school isn’t in session yet so we can travel as a family to view the eclipse together. August 21, 2017 is actually a Monday. The table that Farmers Almanac showing the cities times’ states August 21 as a Sunday. So is the eclipse on Sunday, August 20 or Monday, August 21? Please can someone confirm the date and day so we can make proper plans? Thanks so much!

35 Susan Higgins { 08.23.16 at 2:00 pm }

Hi Maggie Cole, check out the link to the map in the article to see how much you will see in MD.

36 Maggie Cole { 08.22.16 at 8:22 pm }

I don’t see any cities in Maryland and I live in Glen Burnie, MD about 20 mins north of Annapolis, MD How much will we see it here?

37 Susan Higgins { 08.23.16 at 2:06 pm }

Hi Jenny, Click on the map and you’ll see the path of totality in yellow. You can see which states it flows through.

38 Jenny { 08.21.16 at 9:12 pm }

Is it possible to find out exactly what state each city is in? Is the Clayton in the total eclipse chart in NC?

39 Susan Higgins { 08.17.16 at 1:58 pm }

Wonderful! Thank you for the note. We’re very excited around here about it! Be sure to pick up our 2017 edition which has detailed information about the event!

40 NationalEclipse.com { 08.17.16 at 10:42 am }

Thanks for helping to spread the news about the 2017 eclipse. It’s going to be an amazing event!

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