August 21st promises to be a spectacular event for eclipse enthusiasts and for those with a passing interest. The total eclipse will pass across the country from Salem Oregon to Charleston, SC. Anyone in the path will see the moon completely cover the sun and it’s atmosphere, turning day into darkness. If you are in the US but outside the direct path you will see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers a portion of the sun creating a giant shadow across the country.
There are multiple free apps specifically designed to keep us informed about the eclipse. I tested several and found that the free Eclipse Safari app had all the key features, was visually appealing and easy to use. The countdown feature shows you the amount of time until first contact in Oregon. The Eclipse News section keep you informed of related events leading up to August 21st.
On August 21st you will be able to follow the eclipse across the country on an Interactive map, watch NASA’s live stream and the easily track the eclipse twitter feed directly from the app.
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The following illustration from NASA shows the path of the total eclipse as it crosses the country. You can also see the the partial eclipse views for the rest of the country.
Other fun facts:
- The path is 70 miles wide
- It will cross 14 states (Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina)
- It will 1st be seen at 10:15 AM PDT at Oregon’s coast
- The total eclipse will end in Charleston, SC at 2:46:22PM and will last 1 min and 33 seconds
- The longest eclipse duration will be 2 minutes 41.6 in Giant City State Park, just south of Carbondale, Illinois,
- The last total solar eclipse in the US was in 1990 and was only visible from parts of Hawaii.
- The last total solar eclipse that was visible across the entire Unites States was in June 1918.
Eclipse Safari App – Direct Download
Other Cool Resources
In addition to the Eclipse Safari App, there are great eclipse websites including NASA’s which can be found at: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov
NASA also has a great interactive map which you use to find the time that the eclipse will be passing through any part of the county. NASA interactive map.
JPL has a beautiful interactive web based application that shows the progression of the eclipse. Enter any city and get specifics about the date, time, phase and more. This runs on almost any PC with a browser, as well as, newer Android and iOS devices.
The total eclipse will cross Western North Carolina just outside of Asheville at 2:37 PM on August 21. The partial eclipse begins at 1:08 PM and ends at 4:01PM.