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2017 Eclipse Blog / FAQ



The “path of totality” – how much totality do you get?


A question has come up about the path of totality and the centerline, regarding where the eclipse is total or not total, and how much totality you get in different places.  Here are some facts for you:

The 2017 eclipse is called a “total” eclipse, but you will only see the “total” phase of the eclipse if you are in the “path of totality”.


The path of totality runs from Oregon to South Carolina

Regardless of where you are in the lower 48 United States, you WILL see at least a partial eclipse.  If you are not in the path, then the eclipse will proceed like this:

(and you MUST use eclipse glasses to watch the ENTIRE ECLIPSE
NEVER look at the partially-eclipsed Sun without eye protection!)

First, the Moon covers a bit of the Sun:

then more and more of the Sun:

 

until it hits a maximum point (because the Moon “missed” going over the exact center of the Sun).

Then the Moon moves off the other side of the Sun, and that’s it – the eclipse is over, and you didn’t see totality because you weren’t in the path.  (In fact, the farther away from the path you are, the less “bite” the Moon takes out of the Sun at that maximum point.)


BUT…

If you are IN the path, you will see totality!

First, you will see all the partial phases leading up to the big moment – just like all those people who weren’t in the path –

(and you ALSO MUST use eclipse glasses to watch all the partial phases;
NEVER look at the partially-eclipsed Sun without eye protection!)

But for you, the Moon will keep covering more and more of the Sun:

until it covers all of it!

…and it is beautiful!  Take off your eclipse glasses and you can look right at it!  There’s no danger DURING TOTALITY, because the Moon is completely covering the Sun!  (but put them back on the moment totality is over, and the bright Sun bursts into view again!)


In the map of Nebraska above, you can see the gray path of totality that runs right through the state.

ANYWHERE in the path, you WILL see totality (Provided the weather is good)!  But why the red and blue lines?

The blue line is called the centerline, and the red lines are called the “northern limit” and “southern limit” of the path (you can figure out which is which!).

Well, you know how we said that the farther away from the path you are, the less of a partial eclipse you get?  Well, the farther away from the centerline you are (but you’re still IN the path), the shorter amount of TIME the Sun will be covered by the Moon.  The “duration” of totality will be less.

Here is a stylized drawing of the path of totality:

Yikes!  The red and blue are opposite from what they were in the Nebraska map – oh well, the colors don’t make any difference…

  • You get Some totality if you’re inside the path, even if just barely.
  • The closer you get to the centerline, you get more totality (more time to see the beautiful corona!).
  • ON the centerline, you get the longest amount of time in totality that it is possible to get for that part of the path.  So, lots of people like to get to the centerline – especially for their first total eclipse.  Those seconds are precious!!

But do you HAVE to be on the centerline??  No – the path is about 70 miles wide, and if you’re within 20 miles of the centerline, you’ll still get lots of totality.  Even if you’re just inside the path at the edges, it’ll still be really cool to see.  Just please don’t be outside the path!


One more thing – just to note, different parts of the country have more duration of totality at their centerlines than others.  This has to do with a lot of complicated factors, but suffice it to say that on the centerline of the path, you’ll get more duration of totality by being as close as you can to Illinois and Kentucky.  That area is kind of like ground zero for the entire path… BUT…

If you can’t do that, don’t worry.  The centerline in Oregon still gets 2 full minutes of totality! (In southern IL it’s 2 min and 40 sec).  So if you have good weather, and want to watch from Oregon, no problem!  The simple rules are:

  • Be in the path (download our eclipse2017 app to be sure!)
  • Make sure the weather is good (we can’t help you there…!)
  • Use eclipse glasses for the partial phases
  • Have a GREAT eclipse!

78 Responses to “The “path of totality” – how much totality do you get?”

  1. Lori says:

    Thank you for all the great info! Much appreciated!

  2. Dave S says:

    Please can you post information about the local time of day for the eclipse. For totality it must occur close to noon, right?

  3. Lisa Mowry says:

    My family will be camping near Reedsport Oregon. Which is below totality lines. If you are 50 miles above or below totality, what will you see? Is it “near ” total? Still really cool? Or do we truly need to pack all the kids up and drive 2 hrs north that day to feel we saw “it” ? We have a bunch of kids, so it’s going to be a big deal to move them north for this. As parents we are weighing weather to see what we can on the open beach at Loon Lake, or packem up and drive North. Please talk about how cool it will be for those withing 50 miles of path but not inside the lines.. thanks.

    • Admin says:

      Lisa –

      I know you are not wanting to do the move, but there’s really no way I can in good conscience tell you that the experience of a 98% partial eclipse will be remotely comparable to being in the path. Seeing the corona, experiencing that last second extinguishing of the light, seeing stars in the middle of the day, and the overall impression of totality, are not things that it is possible to describe.

      If you see a 98% partial eclipse, then the maximum coverage the Sun will get is about the same as what someone in the path will see about 2 minutes before totality. The crescent won’t shrink, you won’t see Baily’s Beads, it won’t get really really dark. The best I could say is that you will get a feeling of some eerieness of the light, and the temperature may drop a couple of degrees. Your shadows on the ground will get a bit sharper. The real thrill of a total eclipse, outside of totality itself, is those last 5-10 seconds when the Sun completely disappears. People literally lose it when they experience that, and that experience will not be yours even 5 miles outside the path. 98% sounds like a lot, but it’s kind of like being at a restaurant – if you’re just outside the door, it SMELLS really good… but only the folks INSIDE are actually eating.

      I know several stories of eclipse chasers who did not see totality as youngsters, because their parents did not take them. To this day, they regret that decision. I also know of eclipse chasers whose parents DID take them to see totality – and to this day, those parents are heroes in the minds of their now-adult children who still remember the event like it was yesterday.

      Totality is awe-inspiring – literally the most wonderful thing your eyes can see. I know it sounds like evangelizing, and I can’t make the decision for you, but I will tell you that if you go (and the weather is good), you will not in any way be disappointed.

      Dan

      • David Andress says:

        Been planning for three years. Booked our hotel in Charleston last year when they became available. Is it worth driving North to the centerline on why 17 to get an additional 60 seconds of totality, or will the view be similar? I am so excited to experience this!

        • Admin says:

          David –

          Totality is totality, and if you are in the path, you will see it! Yes, every extra second is that much better if you’re going for duration – so most first-timers are advised to get as close to the centerline as possible. But you have to weigh that against travel logistics and weather on eclipse day. Just be IN THE PATH!

          Dan

  4. Joe says:

    Have fun to those of you in the Lower 48 that will be seeing the Eclipse of 2017. Those of us up here in Alaska will not be taking part due to geography. We will be having a lot of sunlight instead.

    • Admin says:

      Hi Joe –

      There is indeed a lot of sunlight in the land of the Midnight Sun – and Alaska is a truly beautiful place – well worth a visit for anyone! However, you are more than welcome to come visit your Southern compatriots! We will welcome you, and share a truly beautiful sight with you as well – awe-inspiring and knee-buckling even by Alaskan standards!

      Dan

  5. Viviana Spaccarelli says:

    Hi: My husband and my daughter will travel close to Boise, Idaho to see the solar eclipse in it’s totality. What city or place would be the best to drive from Boise, Idaho to be in the centerline and see the solar eclipse the longest? Thanks a lot, Viviana Spaccarelli

  6. Teresa says:

    Question for you.

    I have a choice of staying at one of two places

    1. At a campground that is near the center line, but in heavy trees (and I’m concerned about traffic in the area during the weekend, since it’s around Detroit Lake, Or). There are no hiking trails directly from the campground that would take us to a tree clearing, so we’d have to drive onto a forest service road (and perhaps get stuck behind large backups that would keep us from getting to ridge trails).

    or

    2. Stay at a Northern campground that is at 99.97% totality, but the roads to get down to totality aren’t the best, so we’d try and go super early in the AM and work our way toward Madras.

    #1 is in totality, but potentially without a horizon view, and possibly very little view of the sun. #2 is outside of totality, and with the chance of not getting very far inside totality.

    Any thoughts on which you would choose? Will things be very interesting at all if we can’ see the sun? Would the stars be interesting enough, the weather change, the birds?

    We got into this game kind of late, unfortunately. We keep looking for cancellations at other places, but it’s been discouraging.

    • Admin says:

      Hi Teresa –

      #2, no question. You must be able to see the Sun! And lodging is difficult. This is actually part of the allure of eclipse chasing, because I can guarantee that eclipse day will bear out a story for you that you could never anticipate, and that you will pass down to your great-grandchildren. It’s all about totality!

      -Dan

  7. Scott says:

    Florence, Oregon, is preparing for the overflow crowds that cannot get overnight accommodations in the path of totality here on the Oregon Coast. We expect a lot of late-comers and poor planners to get frustrated or angry when they try to get into the path by using the two-lane Highway 101 from here. Local leaders are working to mitigate that by managing expectations and experiences. We want folks to be glad they “at least got this far.” All campgrounds are full, vacation rentals and hotels are nearly full. My main questions: If Florence, 40 miles south of the edge of the path is at 97% to 98% totality, how much totality will those another 40 miles south of us experience? Another 40 miles south of that? What about those on the Northern California Coast…what percentage of coverage can the expect? Is there a formula for the number of miles from the centerline that tells you what percentage of totality you can experience? Thanks for your site. I am recommending it to our local leadership/eclipse prep team.

    • Admin says:

      Hi Scott –

      I would strongly encourage you to offer the hospitality, but be sure folks can get into the path. Getting 99% of the way there is like getting 99% of the way to the food if you’re hungry. You don’t get to eat, and you’re still hungry! And areas to the south will get an even smaller partial eclipse. One truly does HAVE to be in the path to see what all the excitement was about!

      Dan

  8. Rutie Adler says:

    I am coming from berkeley CA and I want to go to Oregon to see the FULLEST and longest eclipse . Where in Oregon shall I travel to?
    Thanks,
    Rutie

    • Admin says:

      Hi Rutie! Anywhere you can get to that is in the path (nearest the centerline), and that has good weather!

      Check out the Google Interactive map, and/or our app, for more details!

      Dan

  9. DANNIE V RIOS says:

    Used the map on your website to pick Clemson South Carolina for the viewing site. Clemson is almost on the center line. Thanks for your good work.

  10. Aleta Zak says:

    Looking at flying from Sacramento to Witchita, Kansas, renting a car and driving north to the Kansas/Nebraska border around Troy, Kansas. Would this be a good spot to watch? I note this part of Kansas gets some rain in August, so this town might be overcast on that day.

    • Admin says:

      Hi Aleta – If the forecast looks bad, be prepared to drive into clear weather! that is part of the excitement of eclipse chasing!

      Dan

  11. Kim says:

    OK, so I see you say 98% totality is like being outside a restaurant and smelling the goodness inside. But, getting closer…what would being at 99.69% totality be like? We live near totality according to the map but still several miles from the band, and the traffic is possibly going to be a nightmare to reach that level of totality–and why not just watch it from the comfort of our own backyard? Another friend lives a few miles away, and yet still not in totality at 99.938%. Would that tiny bit increase in totality increase our enjoyment that much more, and should we go there? I would love to know if it will be near total dark, would we see some stars, would we would get to see Baily’s Beads–in either case. Would we be able to take off our glasses and see it at that level of totality because that sounds close enough to 100%! Also, what are the chances could the map be off by a little bit and we get totality anyway?? Inquiring minds! THANK YOU!!

    • Admin says:

      HI Kim –

      Sorry for the delayed reply, but we are SWAMPED! You will see something “interesting” at anything up to 99.9999999% partial, and you may absolutely wish to remain put and see the event from your house. BUT! – You cannot observe the Sun without eye protection unless it is TOTALLY eclipsed – and it will not be TOTALLY eclipsed unless you are IN the path. And IN the path means IN the path! This is a safety thing, and is not negotiable.

      You may or may not get a bead effect. You may or may not get corona (though you won’t be able to see it, because you’re not IN the path and therefore can’t look at the Sun without eye protection that completely disallows seeing the corona). You will get the eerie shadow effects, and you may be able to see some stars. You will likely get some of the 360-degree sunset. But you will not get totality – and totality is what it’s all about! THIS is the knee-buckling, jaw-dropping, OMG moment that will simply not happen for you. And as interesting as the event is, it will not be the same experience that those only a few miles up the road from you are experiencing. It is worth seeing if you have to WALK to get there!

      Having said that, we encourage EVERYONE (in the path, and just outside) to take a minute and share their experiences with us at our Memories Page after the fact. Everyone’s experience is unique, and eclipse2017.org is interested in archiving all experiences. We will all learn something from each other, and this event will bring us all together as nothing else can.

      Still, I gotta say – get into the path! 😀

      Dan

  12. Lisa Smith says:

    We have been planning this event for 2 years, which is when we first found this site and bookmarked it. We will be seeing it from Bulls Island, NC; a wild island off the coast of NC. We started booking our reservations for lodging & the boat trip to the island in February when the weather was horribly cold here & it seemed like forever away. Now, it’s almost here! We are traveling from Michigan and we don’t travel much so this is a huge deal. We can hardly wait! We also already bought your special glasses. Getting psyched for the trip of our lives (so far).

    • Admin says:

      I hope you have GREAT weather! If so, you will definitely see the event of yours lives! Totality is just simply amazing!

      Dan

  13. RThomas says:

    Hello, I was hoping you could tell me if those cities on the edge of the path of totality
    would be possible. I am specifically wondering about a place in Nebraska, (OSH KOSH, Nebraska)
    I see by your map that it is on the edge. Wondering if that could possibly experience at or near totality?

    Thank you, R

    • Admin says:

      Hi – You do not see totality unless you are in the path. Having said that, if you are at a location a few miles outside the path (why aren’t you getting INTO the path in that case?!), then you may see something very interesting. Still, because you have to use eclipse glasses for the whole thing, you will not see the corona, the chromosphere, the diamond ring, etc. It will be all the buildup without the show. Get into the path if you at all can!

      Dan

  14. Judy says:

    I will be in Oregon near the northern edge of the totality line, with 24 seconds of totality. I will have a solar filter on my camera lens. Should I just leave it on because the totality period is so brief?

    • Admin says:

      If you do that, you will not be able to take any photographs of totality. I would recommend you simply enjoy those brief seconds of totality without trying to do any photography!

      Dan

      • Judy says:

        Thank you so much for your prompt and sensible response! I will leave the filter on during totality and enjoy it, and then start taking exposure bracketed photos again after C3 maybe. This will avoid the clumsiness of removing the filter and then replacing it.

  15. Mary says:

    We ate going to Hopkinsville, Ky. Once we get there how do we find exactly where totality is? We are first timers.we have an app. Doe we just drive around to find it. Sorry for sounding stupid but I’m taking off and have been waiting a lifetime for this celestial event. I’m super excited. Thank you for your time

    • Admin says:

      Mary – If you are ANYWHERE in Hopkinsville, the eclipse will be total for you! The path is about 70 miles wide, so the entire town is great! If you have the app, and have upgraded, then you can use your device’s GPS to tell exactly that you in the path, and what time the eclipse will happen for you. That’s what it was made for!

      Dan

  16. Gretalee Rapp says:

    Nobody has mentioned whether the special eclipse glasses are available in different sizes. Do all of them fit over regular glasses that one needs to see clearly? Also, do you recommend any particular brand(s) over others because they’re safer and more reliable? Thanks.
    Greta

    • Admin says:

      They are available in one size. They all can be held up to your Rx lenses, as the blog post we wrote on that topics explains.

      And, so long as you use glasses made by Rainbow Symphony or American Paper Optics, you have ZERO worries! But in all cases, you must follow all the instructions on the glasses and linked to on our order page!

      Dan

  17. Gretalee Rapp says:

    Thank you! You’re performing a real service. One more question: Is it worthwhile to get solar binoculars (or bribe someone else who has them to let me take a peek) to magnify the sun’s image, or is the effect of a smaller, far-away eclipsed sun almost as good?

    • Admin says:

      If you have a means of SAFELY observing the Sun through magnification (ISO-certified binocs which are available from multiple sources), then yes that view is very nice! If you don’t, then the view of totality with your naked eyes is equally superb.

      Just please make sure you use eye protection if ANY part of the Sun is still visible!

      Dan

  18. Ann says:

    What should people that have to work outside or be driving during the almost 3 hour period that it would take for the moon to pass over the sun? Will their eyes be okay or not? TIA

    • Admin says:

      All you have to do is make sure you use eye protection if you decide to look at the Sun during the partial phases. Otherwise, there’s really nothing any different about eclipse day than any other day… unless you happen to be in the path of totality! If you are, you’ll see one of the greatest things you’ll ever see!

  19. Nyla says:

    We plan on taking our preschoolers out for this, we are in the path, between Chester and Carbondale Illinois. What is the best way to prepare this with them? Any help will be appreciated.

  20. Elaine Hamilton says:

    I just want to know the closest spot to me to see the total eclipse. So much info but not what I want. Tired of sifting through all of this! I live in zip 31522

  21. Gary Lytle says:

    We live in a neighborhood that is right on the edgeline of totality. My house is just inside but my neighbor two houses down is just outside according to the interactive map. If I looked towards his house would I see anything like a dark shadow line or whatever on the ground that delineates totality? Do you think the map is accurate enough at this close distance for us to watch from my house or should we walk a bit Northeast?

    • Admin says:

      You will not see a line on the ground. But yes, if you ensure that you are just a bit more inside the path, you will have a better experience. Even veteran eclipse chasers who specialize in being at the edge are not usually closer than about 5 miles from the path – and they are INSIDE it!

      Dan

  22. robbi says:

    We are planning a trip to St. Louis, Missouri, with our two kids and driving a bit south to be near the center line… with no real “plan” other than heading off the highway and driving a bit until there is a safe/empty side of the road or parking lot to wait and watch. I know to be cognizant of private property and people around us, but what is proper eclipse etiquette? I have checked the Communities link on your site, but there are no activities planned for any of those smaller communities in that area. Any tips or advice on how to find a proper viewing area?

  23. Caden says:

    If we are 5 to 10 miles from the blus line will it still be totality (seeing stars, taking glasses off, etc)?

  24. Tony says:

    So if I understand the middle line and the outer “northern limit” the center will get the most time of total totality and the edge next to the outer lines will see less time? How much less? If the center will be close to two minutes how much could being next to the edge be 30 seconds?
    To be specific I live in greenville but there is a very good spot to view on a mountain north of greenville on the edge of the line.

  25. Stephanie says:

    How will I know the moment the eclipse has reached totality?

    • Admin says:

      Because there will be no bright part of the Sun’s disk visible. The corona will be in view, and the sky will be dark. If there are knowledgeable people around, they will blow a whistle and/or say “FILTERS OFF!”. If you try to look at the Sun with the eclipse glasses, you will see nothing but black. The transition to totality is unmistakable. In 12 total eclipses, I cannot imagine ever having not known when totality hit – it is breathtaking and stunning.

  26. Chris says:

    I am in the “Path” grey band in Nashville, TN. (Near the apex).

    Nashville however is slightly off center (South) towards the edge of the grey… while still being IN the grey. You mention many times that you will not see totality OUTSIDE of the grey path, but I am curious… If you are more to the edge of the path but still INSIDE it, do you see a less-central circle or a not-perfectly round corona? (e.g.: does the corona have a bright side if you are not dead center on the path? Is it worth a 30-60 minute drive to try to be DEAD CENTER or is that just longer totality?

    Curious minds want to know. 😉

    • Admin says:

      The corona shape will not be different. The edge effects and duration will be different! It depends on the experience you want – most people choose for longer duration but there are some who like to trade that time for the dance of the beads around the Moon’s circumference!

  27. Danielchai says:

    Dear Dan,
    Oops.. I pressed Submit before completing the last sentences on prior post
    ———-

    I decided to stay in Lost Wages… (Las
    Vegas) and not take the gamble to drive up to Idaho for totality… That is until I read your wonderful insights. Now, I am totally on the fence. I can identify with viewpoint which goes beyond your name.
    Back in February of 1979, we drove up from Sonoma State University to around Goldendale, Washington. From Porland, area, raced east to avoid cloud cover.
    I cried when you stated the last 5-10 seconds before totality people literally lose it. I’ve been telling people for years the difference between 99% and 100% covered is like day and night. I remembered looking at the ground and seeing the shadow ripple effect. The birds became very loud and then silent. It was like someone turning down the light dimmer from one horizon to the other. The rain clouds which was my adversary was now broken up and added to the spectacular colors.
    Like the movie the Wizard of Oz that started in black and white, and then switch to color, my urban smogy L.A. gray upbringing was now transformed to this colorful nature Oregon/Washington border. The news reporters that I sometimes idolize and the hundreds of people at the bottom of the hill, I felt one with them as just another child. I thought every sunrise and sunset was a miracle…. That the Las Vegas lights or anything manmade, were nothing compare to this. I made the correction of travelling hundreds of miles to be in totality, but I didn’t mentally prepare myself of how in harmany, the moon perfectly floats or covers the sun. I think I saw Venus for the first time, high in the sky.
    The inspiration helped me to be on a religious path.
    When I learned that at Mt. Sinai, the souls briefly left the people as they were about to receive the Ten Commandments.
    So, why am I on the fence… The minor reason is I just got hired today, and am a bit shy to ask for a day off.
    The major reason, too much beauty or too much spiritual light can be intense.
    The experience of a college first love can eclipse a solar eclipse. On that 1979 morning, I had the triple derby. Holding and blocking my girlfriend from looking at the sun… Beautiful nature… And the total eclips. I am concern traveling to Idaho alone for this would be difficult.

    Also
    In being where I’m at, I want to be careful that I see G-d as the source.
    In New Age progressive ‘evolve’ places like Switzerland, many idol worshippers don’t see beyond the sun.

    So, one writer asked you if he should from a camping place with his children, pack up from a 99% location to 100% totality location..
    My hesitation here is not so black and white.
    I look forward to any perspective you want to share,
    Daniel

    Reply

  28. Mary F. says:

    Hi,
    On the map it shows Ririe, ID. to be in the path of totality. Some sites say it will be in the path of totality for 2:18 seconds, I believe. Yet in your list of Idaho cities in the path it’s not listed. And since it’s not listed as a town in the list, it’s got me concerned. Was it just overlooked or is it not in the path? Thanks for any help you can offer!

  29. Kate says:

    Hi there. We have a choice of Newport Oregon (totality) and Eugene Oregon (99.6). I understand that Newport seems like a no brainer, but the weather forecast is not good, and it is known for morning fog. There is a 2 lane highway which is the only way in or out. A local weather map showed the entire coast being bad for visibility, the coastal range being bad, and full visibility only in the Willamette Valley. If in Eugene, we might be able to fight our way 20 miles north to some back Farm Road…

    Would you give up a “for sure” in a comfy beach house overlooking the Pacific but with fog, for a “maybe we can fight all of the local eclipse chasers for a bit of space to pull over and watch?

  30. Ted Rapchick says:

    How often are total eclipses visible from some point on Earth? Will the event Monday last for at least a 24 hour period?

    • Admin says:

      A total eclipse is visible from some point on Earth about every 15 to 18 months or so. Tomorrow’s event will last a bit less than 6 hours from start to finish (including the partial phases).

  31. Pamela says:

    Thanks for all the great info! I live in Dayton, TN and it looks like we will have totality for 2 minutes and 21 seconds. I have a piece of property on top of a ridge with a 360 degree view that goes on forever. I cannot wait to stand up there and watch the eclipse and see the blanket of darkness move across the valley. It is wonderful to be able to experience a bit of history!

  32. Courtney says:

    Where I am located in Ky is at 93% totality. Unfortunately, I can’t travel. My question is: because I’m at only 93%, can we still remove our solar glasses at the time of total eclipse, or is it still dangerous since we aren’t viewing a 100% total eclipse?

    • Admin says:

      You will not see totality, and can NEVER look at the Sun without the glasses. They MUST be used at all times when the Sun is not totally eclipsed!

  33. Kay says:

    I believe Florence and Darlington, SC will be at 99% totality. will there be any time that it is safe for us to take our glasses off here? I’m planning on traveling into the path but I have friends with children who are staying in the area who are wondering, I wasn’t sure what to tell them.

  34. Nosh says:

    I am going to be in Goldendale Washington tomorrow, will I see 100%?

  35. tim huggins says:

    I live near springfield il what is the chance of totality

  36. Laurie Shentalevenn says:

    I was just outside of Molalla, Oregon during totality, and so I got one minute eleven seconds, an appreciable amount. I saw the light get dim, the birds roost, felt the temperature drop, saw the diamond ring effect and the corona, but not a lot of prominences. I saw sunset colors all around me, 360 degrees, but it never got dark enough to see the stars. Do you have to be on the center line to see the stars, or was I just not looking in the right place?

    • Admin says:

      This was a very bright eclipse – I did not see stars either (not even one, because the Moon was covering the main one :-} )

      I don’t think there was anything wrong with where you were – but you did get to see a BEAUTIFUL corona. Everyone always says, after every eclipse “This was one of the prettier eclipses I’ve seen”, but this one – it really was…

      Dan

  37. Ani says:

    We live in Atlanta and missed path of totality by just 100 miles! You can imagine my disappointment. Moon came to my doorstep and I missed it! Had lot of work commmitments and Did not plan things out well enough. You can imagine the deep regretful feeling I am having now.

    I will be in Dallas in 2024 for sure, but I am little impatient and want to grab the experience of 2019 and 2020 eclipses as well. Not very sure
    About 2019 though. Does it happen only at sunset?

    Does it sound little crazy/radical to be traveling all the way to Chile to see the eclipse? What are your thoughts on personal safety while journeying remote parts of that country (Chile) and Argentina?

  38. Liz says:

    Thank you so much for this great information & for getting the word out about this incredible phenomenon. I am so grateful for your information, as a result I was able to have what was easily the most incredible experience of my lifetime. Until the next one, that is… because I’m hooked!

    I remember seeing a crowd at the anchorage airport & finding out it was a bunch of eclipse chasers from all walks of life & places getting ready to board an Ak air flight to watch the north pacific total eclipse & the look in their eyes of wonder & excitement hinted to me that it was something I must try to experience myself… I’m grateful for them bc that is what made me want to go, & so thankful for this website which provided me the tools with which to do so.

    Thank you!

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