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Eclipse2017.org’s eclipse day experience!

Every person who chases eclipses finds something special in each one of them. We like to say that by chasing eclipses, we get to experience a “trip of a lifetime” about every other year or so! As with all things in life, it is not the destination (“We saw the … Read More »



What will the eclipse be like in (any location not in the path)?

We had a question about where the best viewing location would be in Hawaii. But Hawaii is not in the path of totality, so from there one will only see a partial eclipse. This means they have to use eye protection for the whole eclipse. For the partial eclipse in … Read More »



Should I take my kids out of school to see the total eclipse?

Many schools are going to be in session on August 21, and if your kid goes to one that is NOT in the path, you might want to think about taking them out of school to see totality.

Not sure that you want to do that? We understand. But consider … Read More »



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 … Read More »



Why does the eclipse go from West to East?

The Sun and Moon both appear to “rise” in the east, and “set” in the west. But as you can see in our video of the Moon’s shadow sweeping across the USA, you see that the shadow plainly travels from west to east across the country!

This is a … Read More »



Magnitude vs. obscuration?

Whenever eclipse geeks are talking about their calculations, they always need to make sure they are careful to distinguish as to whether they’re talking about “magnitude” or “obscuration”. In case you’d like to understand this, too, here is a quick explanation.

I’m going to use the word “percentage” below, … Read More »



How many states does the total eclipse touch?

EASY!

Twelve – I mean, fourteen – I mean, essentially 12; realistically 12 – but no – REALLY 14!

…or is it…? Hmmm….. Let’s see –

The path of totality for the 2017 eclipse passes over the continental USA from coast to coast – the first time this has happened … Read More »



Tell me the best place to watch the eclipse from!

Easy! Someplace in the path of totality, where the weather is clear on eclipse day!

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(How’s that for committing to an answer?!)

But seriously, beyond that general recommendation, eclipse2017.org can’t … Read More »



How fast is the shadow moving across the US during the eclipse?

A great question! The Moon does indeed “carry” its shadow along with it, as it moves in its orbit around the Earth.

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And whenever that shadow happens to … Read More »



Can I wear eclipse glasses over my regular eyeglasses?

Yes, you can certainly put them over regular eyeglasses, as I myself do!

The reality is that these “eclipse glasses” are really solar filters, and are designed to be used for only a brief time, as you glance at the partial phases to check on the progress of the … Read More »



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