On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature's most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. This is your guide to understand, prepare for, and view this rare celestial event.
What you will see
A total solar eclipse is unlike anything you've seen in your life. You will see an eerie quality of sunlight as totality approaches, followed by the astonishing sight of day turning to night and the Sun's corona blazing in the sky.
Ten-foot-long map of eclipse
If you were to print this map focused on the path of the total solar eclipse, it would be over 10 feet long! This map is jam-packed with data and insights on the eclipse and is a detailed planning guide for your eclipse expedition. This map was featured on Wired.com
Future total solar eclipses
It's been some time since the last total solar eclipse in the United States, but a good run of total solar eclipses will arrive in North America in the coming decades. Also see coming total solar eclipses around the world.
Where to go
This is truly a great American eclipse because for the first time in 99 years, totality will sweep the nation from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Nearly everyone in the 48 contiguous states can reach this total solar eclipse within one day's drive.
Download desktop background
You can download this detailed map of the 2017 eclipse as a desktop background on your Mac or PC! This is the same map offered in our store but at a resolution to match common desktop screen sizes. You'll be able to show the eclipse path to friends.
April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse
You should make every effort to see the 2017 eclipse from inside the path of totality. In case you can't, you've got another chance on April 8, 2024. This eclipse spans Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
Next eclipse on March 20, 2015
The next total solar eclipse occurs this March 20, 2015. The path of the total solar eclipse will visit only two remote areas, the Faroe Islands and Svalbard. But many millions of Europeans have an ideal opportunity to see a deep partial solar eclipse.
How eclipses happen
We are offering quality eclipse-related merchandise related to the 2017 eclipse at our online store. You can sport fashionable t-shirts, acquire maps, and get your eclipse glasses before the scramble as eclipse day approaches.