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.
A total solar eclipse is unlike anything you've seen in your life. As totality approaches, you will see the astonishing sight of day turning to night and the Sun's corona blazing in the sky.
A common question is where is the best place to see the eclipse. Truth be told, there are many great spots and here are of our ten picks that, weather permitting, will have a great view.
If you were to print this map focused on the path of totality, it would be over 10 feet long! This map is packed with data and insights on the eclipse and is a detailed planning guide for you.
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.
This is truly a great American eclipse because totality will sweep the nation from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Nearly everyone in the US can reach this total solar eclipse within one day's drive.
The next eclipse is the total solar eclipse of March 9, 2016 followed by the annular solar eclipse of September 1, 2016. You'll find maps and descriptions of the eclipse here.
You can download this detailed map of the 2017 eclipse as a desktop background on your Mac or PC! This map is sized to a resolution to match common desktop screen sizes.
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.
An eclipse is a cosmic billiard shot — the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up to reveal the Sun's atmosphere, it's corona. Eclipses on Earth occur only because of an amazing celestial coincidence.
In 2017, it will have been 26 years since the last American total solar eclipse. Totality visited the USA in 1905, 1918, 1932, 1945, 1963, 1970, 1972, 1979, and 1991.
There are some great web resources for the 2017 eclipse and we've compiled a list of our favorites. We recommend all of these sites as authoritative and informative.
We are offering quality eclipse-related merchandise at our online store. Eclipse glasses are guaranteed to be in short supply as eclipse day approaches.