The Solar Eclipse of 2017: Where and How to Best View It
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On Monday, August 21, 2017, there will be a solar eclipse of the sun visible from large parts of North America, from Oregon across to South Carolina. It will be the first total eclipse visible from mainland US since 1979, and there will not be a significant total eclipse in Europe until 2026. For many westerners, therefore, 2017 is the best opportunity for decades to view a solar eclipse.<br><br>Preparation is key to successfully observing an eclipse. This guide to the 2017 eclipse tells you the best places and exact times to see the eclipse (including detailed maps), as well as lots of tips on the best locations, safety equipment, and what to expect, minute by minute.<br><br>The awe-inspiring nature of experiencing a total eclipse cannot be underestimated. This invaluable book will help you make the most of those few precious minutes.
dark bands – which are about the width of a hand – increases as totality approaches. After the last sunlight has disappeared, the pink chromosphere, a thin sheath of light surrounding the Sun, is visible for a few seconds until the Moon covers it too. Now darkness closes in with a greenish and sallow light, comparable to a Full Moon night. Often groups of people fall into awe-struck silence. The birds grow silent, some blossoms close. The horizon takes on a pronounced, eerie orange-red hue of
eclipses visible in populated areas in recent years have included March 29, 2006 which passed across Africa and the Middle East, and July 22, 2009 which passed across India and China. Apart from the eclipse of 2015 visible in the Faeroes and Spitsbergen (Arctic Norway), there will not be a total eclipse visible in Europe until 2026. The August 2017 eclipse belongs to the same Saros cycle (a period of a little over 18 years which connects a series of eclipses) as the last central eclipse of the
1m 48s 58° North Platte, Nebraska, USA –5 11.30 12.55 14.22 1m 26s 58° Stapleton, Nebraska, USA –5 11.31 12.56 14.22 2m 34s 59° Kearney, Nebraska, USA –5 11.33 12.59 14.26 1m 39s 60° Grand Island, Nebraska, USA –5 11.34 13.00 14.27 2m 36s 61° Hasting, Nebraska, USA –5 11.34 13.00 14.27 2m 01s 61° Lincoln, Nebraska, USA –5 11.37 13.03 14.30 1m 40s 61° Beatrice, Nebraska, USA –5 11.37 13.04 14.31 2m 31s 61° Maryville, Missouri, USA –5 11.41 13.04 14.34 0m 47s 61° Atchison, Kansas, USA –5 11.40
be up to 165 miles (270 km) wide. The movement of the Moon means that, in the course of an eclipse, the umbra sweeps a path of darkness across the Earth. Outside this core zone, in the range of penumbra, the Sun appears partially covered by the Moon. The diameter of the penumbra is approximately 4,500 miles (7000 km). It is one of the mysteries of the planetary system that the Sun and the Moon display correlations which can hardly be coincidence: for example, the Moon takes 29.5 days to move
Wilhelm Meyer Slowly the dark disc thrust its way further into the Sun. It was like inexorably approaching destiny. When the Sun’s sickle looked no more than the three-day old Moon and there was still about fifteen minutes before the big moment, all those who had no reason to be there were asked to leave the area. There was just ourselves, our instruments and the waning Sun. A solemn silence descended; the Nile, too, flowed past us in solemn silence. A strange phenomenon appeared. The spots of