Where Should You Be to See the Eclipse in the U.S.A in 2017?

Where Should You Be to See the Eclipse in the U.S.A in 2017?

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Yes a total solar eclipse is coming this year to people in the U.S.A, on August 21, 2017.

Thinking of flying over for it? There are a few caveats. To be in TOTAL darkness, you must be right in the eclipse path. Lucky for you, here is a map to show you where to put your little feet for the big event.

https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/best-places-to-view/

For more information, see here: https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/best-places-to-view/

You have to be in the above path in order to see the “total” eclipse. If you’re outside it, you’ll only get to see a partial eclipse. Which is hardly as exciting as bathing in the blackness of the moon’s full shadow.

If you get on that plane and get right in the thick of the path, it will be one of the most exciting things that will happen to you. People fly or hike to the most remote and inaccessible places to be in such eclipse paths. But this year it is easy as arriving in any of the cities below:

 

Madras, Oregon

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 4 seconds

Totality begins at 10:19 a.m. PDT

 

Snake River Valley, Idaho

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 18 seconds

Totality begins at 11:33 a.m. MDT

 

Casper, Wyoming

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 26 seconds

Totality begins at 11:42 a.m. MDT

 

Sandhills of western Nebraska

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 30 seconds

Totality beings at 11:49 a.m. MDT

 

St. Joseph, Missouri

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 39 seconds

Totality begins at 1:06 p.m. CDT

 

Carbondale, Illinois

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 41.6 seconds

Totality begins at 1:20 p.m. CDT

 

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 41.2 seconds

Totality begins at 1:24 p.m. CDT

 

Nashville, Tennessee

Duration of totality is 1 minute, 57 seconds

Totality begins at 1:27 p.m. CDT

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Duration of totality is 1 minute, 17 seconds

Totality begins at 2:35 p.m. EDT

 

Columbia, South Carolina

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 30 seconds

Totality begins at 2:43 p.m. EDT

 

In 2015, here in Ireland, we got a partial eclipse. But the best place to see it was in Svalbard, which was hit by totality (total darkness).

In 2015 many of us took the morning off, setting up deckchairs on Bray beach and having a glass of wine ready. And we didn’t  give a fresh damn that it was the crack of dawn. We were plunged into darkness, although we did not get totality. But it still felt a little like an apocalyptic Will Smith movie. Some said that right before the eclipse, all the birds went quiet after chirping like they were at a house music party all night. It was spooky and atmospheric as Irish people let themselves wonder…what would happen if the sun stayed in bed…forever…

While we didn’t get a full eclipse, it was still pretty good here in Ireland. Some Irish people did actually take flights over Svalbard, Norway and the Faroe Islands. These passengers were lucky enough to watch “totality” or a full eclipse from the plane. Pilots even took detours over the Faroe Islands on their way to Iceland, so passengers could get a look.

The eclipse started at 8.24 Irish time and the darkest point of the eclipse was at 9.29am. And then it was all over by 10.37. Our next one in Ireland is in 2026.

So here’s some fun news about modern-day eclipses: Now that solar power makes up a large part of the electricity equation, there may be a few glitches in the matrix when the eclipse happens. Spooky!

As I am telling you this stuff on a need-to-know-basis…know this: The speed of the Moon as it moves across the Sun is approximately 2,250 km (1,398 miles) per hour. And, during an eclipse, many anomalies with birds and insects occur. Specifically, the birds will go back to roost just as totality nears. Nocturnal insects, such as crickets and cicadas, begin their night calls and stop after the sun re-emerges. Mosquitoes come out to bite and then vanish. You might feel the urge to get dressed up and head into town to go dancing. But resist, stay and watch the eclipse.

Are you going to the eclipse in the U.S.A? Send your photos to us! editor@oldmooresalmanac.com

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