August 21, 2017 – Solar Eclipse

There will be a total solar eclipse across much of the United States on August 21, 2017. In order to see this eclipse as a TOTAL Eclipse, you must be in the path of totality indicated on the map. If you are not in the path of totality you will witness a partial solar eclipse. Additional information will be posted in a few weeks.

Solar Eclipse Path of Totality 2017

Map of U.S. with line drawn indicating path of eclipse

This photo below show what you might see during totality if you are on the “path of totality” indicated on the map above.

Totality = When the Moon covers 100% of the SunTotal Solar Eclipse South Pacific 2005

Total Solar Eclipse photo taken April 8, 2005

Eclipse - chromosphere
Chromosphere shown during eclipse

During totality, The red chromosphere is visible in this eclipse due to the fact in this eclipse the Sun and Moon appeared almost the same size in the sky. Usually the Moon will appear larger than the Sun and most of the chromosphere is hidden from view. In the eclipse of August 21, 2017 some of the chromospher should be visible for those observers in the path of totality. Remember you need special solar filters to protect your eyes if you plan on viewing any part of this solar eclipse before or after totality. If you are located in the path of totality, Solar filters are not needed during totality.

Protect your eyes!