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November, 2016 Archives

I’m really close to the path of totality. Won’t I see anything cool where I am?


You have to be IN the path of totality, or all you’ll see (with your solar viewers, of course) is a partial eclipse! Those are pretty common, and are absolutely nothing to see, compared with the beauty of totality. If you get nothing from this at all, please … Read More »

What time will the eclipse happen in my city?

We get this question a lot. All you have to do to find out is to visit Xavier Jubier’s wonderful interactive Google map. (This link will take you to our page of instructions on how to use it.) Also, be sure to visit our Community Pages and find your … Read More »

How do you know this far in advance where the eclipse is going to be visible?

A lot of math.

No, seriously, astronomers do know the equations that model the motions of the Earth and Moon extraordinarily accurately. Eclipse predicting has been around for thousands of years, but with the computers we have now, those predictions are actually very quick and VERY accurate.

What is … Read More »

What cities are in the path?

Lots. There is a complete listing on, but here are some of the bigger ones: Salem OR, Ontario OR, Rexburg ID, Grand Teton NP, Jackson Hole, Casper, North Platte, Lincoln (barely!), Leavenworth, the north side of Kansas City, Jefferson City, Columbia MO, the south side of St. Louis, Cape … Read More »

When will the eclipse happen?

Monday, August 21, 2017. Clear your calendar!

Total eclipses happen about once a year, somewhere on earth, but they’re usually in very out-of-the-way places. There are groups of die-hard eclipse chasers who think these are so beautiful, they travel to the far corners of the earth to see them. Their … Read More »

OK, so where do I need to be to see totality?

For the 2017 eclipse, there is a strip of land about 70 miles wide or so (called the ‘path of totality‘) that stretches from central Oregon through South Carolina. There are maps on that will show you exactly where you need to be, to be in the path of … Read More »

I’m sure we saw an eclipse when I was a kid. We made pinhole viewers, and it was interesting – but not like what you’re saying at all.

That’s because what you saw was a PARTIAL (or maybe an ANNULAR) eclipse. You absolutely have to use eye protection to watch these types of eclipses, and you’re right – it’s not very exciting. But a TOTAL eclipse is something that cannot be described. If you go, then you will … Read More »

Wasn’t there just an eclipse of the sun in the USA not too many years ago?

The only total eclipses that have happened in the last 40 years in the US were in 1979 (in the northwest part of the country only) and 1991 (Hawaii only). Anything else you saw was only a partial (and there have been lots of these, like on Christmas Day … Read More »

Aren’t eclipses pretty common?

Well, if you’re speaking of total solar eclipses, one happens about every year or every other year, somewhere on Earth.


However, you have to be situated in a … Read More »

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

Essentially, it’s when the moon moves right in front of the sun, covering it completely for a very short time. It darkens the whole sky, lets you look right at the sun (but ONLY when it’s completely covered, though – you must use special solar viewing glasses known as “eclipse … Read More »

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