A total eclipse will descend upon the mainland United States for the first time since 1979. It’s been almost 40 years since America was treated to the wonders of a total eclipse. For this moment in time, the moon and sun will be in such perfect alignment that the sun will be completely blocked off and the moon’s shadow will envelop the earth.
The eclipse only affects certain areas. Not every state will be treated to the wonders of an eclipse. But when will be this eclipse and where will it touch down?
Solar Eclipse 2017 Time: When is the Solar Eclipse?
The United States will experience a total eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. The eclipse will cast a 70 miles shadow on the upper-northwest portion of Oregon at 10:00 A.M. local time. The dark shadow will travel past Idaho and Wyoming. At 2:45 P.M. (EST), the eclipse will move out through South Carolina.
The eclipse will move very quickly. It will reportedly only stay in the same spot for a few minutes in a particular spot. However, if you have access to a jet, you can actually race the miles-long shadow to its destination into the Atlantic. NASA will fly their jet right into the eclipse, and plan on recording seven minutes of footage.
Over 12 million people live in the eclipse’s path, so if you want to follow the shadow with your car, be my guest. An estimated seven million are predicted to travel all the way out to see the eclipse for themselves. They’ll be coming to see the first total eclipse to hit the U.S. since 1979.
Solar Eclipse Path & Map
If you live in these states, you’re in range of the eclipse…
- North Carolina
- South Carolina