by Michael Zeiler
I'm pleased to release a very long map infographic focusing on the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. This map is designed so that it will fill your browser window and you can scroll across the entirety of the path.
If you were to print this map on paper, it would be 8 inches tall by 10 feet 8 inches! The reason the map is so narrow is that it focuses on the zone where we are trying to encourage all of the American public to get to; the path of totality. Plus a length of over 10 feet allowed me to communicate a great deal of detailed information about the eclipse path.
One of the first things you'll notice are the oval figures for the shadow of the Moon. These figures are drawn at three-minute intervals and the local times, a short description of the area, and the speed of the Moon's shadow upon the American landscape are shown. You'll also see curves annotated with durations. At the southern and northern limits of the of the path, you would also see the eclipse for a split second. As you move deeper into the eclipse path, your duration of totality with increase. This map gives you a sense of the zone where you want to be on eclipse day.
Above the path of totality are a couple of dozen topics that will give you some instant knowledge about the key aspects of the eclipse; strategies for successful viewing, comments on climate, background on eclipse history and science, and coming eclipses.
I will continue to develop more eclipse maps and infographics. If you have an idea, please drop a comment in the comments section or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org