Your Guide to the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a very exciting cosmic event can be viewed across the United States. A total solar eclipse will cross the U.S.A. from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. In a total solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, blocking the sun and its corona, or atmosphere, completely from the Earth’s view.
If you’re in the path of the total eclipse, or the Path of Totality, you’ll get to see it in its entirety. However, if you’re not directly in the path, the areas surrounding will still see a partial view of the eclipse. If you’re viewing the eclipse, make sure you wear proper eye protection and take care while traveling. Check out our guide for where to view the eclipse and how to safely view it!
Where to View the Eclipse
Most of Illinois will be able to see the total solar eclipse at 90%. If you live in Illinois and want to see it at 100%, drive south to Carbondale, Illinois or St. Louis, Missouri. Major highways will be extremely crowded, so be prepared for traffic and give yourself some extra time.
Though you’ll still be able to see part of the eclipse from Wisconsin, you’ll need to go south to get a better view. Carbondale, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri are both good options for you as well. If you are staying in Wisconsin to view the eclipse, remember that you’ll still need proper eye protection before looking at the sun!
If you live in Missouri, you have many options to see the eclipse in its totality. Columbia, Missouri and St. Louis, Missouri both lie in the center of the path of totality. Kansas City is also in the 100% viewing range for the eclipse. You’ll be able to view the eclipse from the comfort of your own backyard or balcony, or attend one of many viewing parties happening across the state.
If you’re living in Nevada, you’ll have to drive north to Salem, Oregon or Idaho Springs, Idaho to view the eclipse from the center of the path of totality. If you’re staying in Nevada, you’ll still be able to see 70-80% of the eclipse depending on which part of the state you live in. Don’t forget to put on your eye protection before you look at the sun!
New Mexico is far from the path of the eclipse, and Casper Wyoming and Grand Island, Nebraska are the closet spots to view it from. Of course, you can still see a partial eclipse from New Mexico if you’d prefer to stay home.
Salem, Oregon and Idaho Springs, Idaho are the best spots to travel to from Utah to see the total solar eclipse. If you don’t want to fight the eclipse traffic, you can still see 70-80% of the event from your home. Don’t forget your eye protection; You may still be able to find some eclipse glasses at your local grocery or hardware store.
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