How to check if you’re in the path of totality!
Many of us have not experienced a solar eclipse before; very few of us have experienced a total solar eclipse! So, how to find out if your home or school is in the darkest part of the moon’s shadow – or the “path of totality” – for the 2017 total solar eclipse – or, will you experience a partial eclipse on August 21, 2017?
The Big Eclipse recommends checking two web links with “zoomable” interactive maps:
First, there is a NASA page showing the path of the total eclipse over the United States.
This page has other information that’s useful, too, such as reminders that weather conditions on the day of the eclipse can be more important than how close you are to the centerline of the eclipse!
Second, the entire path of the eclipse over land and sea is depicted on a map by Xavier Jubier. Once again, this map allows you to zoom in on your exact location right now or on the day of the eclipse.
On both maps, when you click on a location, a pop up window will show the times the eclipse will start in that area and when it will end – and whether it will be 100% obscuration (total eclipse) or partial.
Remember, you do not have to be on the centerline to enjoy the eclipse on August 21, 2017!