2017 Solar Eclipse

2017 Solar Eclipse – Quick Facts and Useful Links

Quick Facts:

  • Total solar eclipses occur regularly – on average about once every 18 months somewhere on Earth.
  • What is rare is having one occur near your location. The path of totality is 10,000 miles long, but only about 70-90 miles wide.
  • A total solar eclipse will occur across Western North Carolina and parts of South Carolina on the afternoon of August 21, 2017.
  • From first to last (fourth) contact, the entire event will take about three hours.
  • Depending on location, totality (the Ring of Fire) will last up to two and one-half minutes.
  • This eclipse will be a completely American experience. It will begin over the Pacific Ocean, making land fall in Oregon, passing over a dozen states and exiting into the Atlantic Ocean at Charleston, SC.

Observing Advice:

  • Many events will be sponsored around the area – Asheville Astronomy Club, PARI, etc. Some will include special solar telescopes.
  • IMPORTANT: eye protection will be necessary. Special eclipse glasses are available on-line, through the Asheville Astronomy Club and other organizations for $2.00 or so.
  • Remove your eclipse glasses during the period of totality. You will see a night sky complete with stars and constellations.

Useful Links:

Link Comments
http://www.astroasheville.org/2017-total-solar-eclipse This links to the Asheville Astronomy Club's page providing information on the 8.21.2017 total solar eclipse. It contains maps. explanations, images and other useful information and links. Eclipse glasses can be ordered here.
http://pari.edu A former NASA facility located in Rosman, NC. PARI (The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute) is now an educational and research facility. During the eclipse, scientists from NASA and other facilities will be using the facilities 26 meter radio telescopes to observe the eclipse.
http://eclipsewise.com/pubs/TSE2017.html EclipseWise.com offers a number of publications for all ages giving information about the eclipse. Eclipse glasses can be ordered here.
http://www.mreclipse.com/MrEclipse.html As the name implies, information on all kinds of eclipses, both solar and lunar. Explanations, images, diagrams, books and much more.
https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/ This site has much useful information, including detailed state-by-state maps. It also includes interesting city-by-city commentary, weather information and other useful resources. Also offers eclipse glasses, tee shirts, etc.
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream NASA will be live streaming the eclipse on a number of platforms. The site also has many good educational resources. If the weather does not cooperate, this site will let you see what is happening. Hope for the best, plan for the worst!