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The Great American Solar Eclipse – When And Where To View

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The Great  American Solar Eclipse – When And Where To View

On Monday, August 21, 2017, North Americans will get an opportunity to observe nature’s greatest show — a total eclipse of the Sun. This total eclipse of the Sun will be the first in nearly four decades that will be visible so close to home.

Why This Solar Eclipse is So Special
August 21, 2017 will mark the first time in this century, and the first time since 1979, that a total solar eclipse will cross the contiguous (48) United States (Alaska had its turn in 1990; Hawaii in 1991). The shadow track —better known as the “path of totality” —will sweep only over the United States and no other country for the very first time, leading some to refer this upcoming event as “The Great American Eclipse.”

In the table below, we have calculated specific details of the eclipse for 40 cities that are outside of the path of totality and will only see a partial eclipse. For each city, you will find the local time for the start of the eclipse, followed by the time when the greatest amount of the Sun will be covered, the greatest percentage amount that will be covered, and the time for the end of the eclipse. Only in Honolulu will the start of the eclipse occur before the Sun comes up. If your city is predicted to see more than 85 percent coverage, then you should seriously consider traveling to a place that is inside of the path of totality. Understand that it might mean as much as a day’s drive to get there, but we promise you it will be well worth the trip!

Partial Eclipse Of The Sun, August 21, 2017
Honolulu6:12 a.m.6:35 a.m.27.3%7:25 a.m.
Anchorage8:21 a.m.9:16 a.m.45.6%10:13 a.m.
San Francisco9:01 a.m.10:15 a.m.75.5%11:37 a.m.
Los Angeles9:05 a.m.10:21 a.m.62.2%11:44 a.m.
Portland, OR9:06 a.m.10:19 a.m.99.3%11:38 a.m.
Seattle9:08 a.m.10:20 a.m.91.9%11:38 a.m.
Vancouver9:10 a.m.10:21 a.m.86.0%11:37 a.m.
Tucson9:16 a.m.10:36 a.m.59.0%12:03 p.m.
Boise10:10 a.m.11:27 a.m.99.5%12:50 p.m.
Helena10:17 a.m.11:34 a.m.92.2%12:56 p.m.
Calgary, AB10:20 a.m.11:33 a.m.77.2%12:50 p.m.
Denver10:23 a.m.11:47 a.m.92.3%1:14 p.m.
Omaha11:38 a.m.1:04 p.m.98.0%2:30 p.m.
Winnipeg11:40 a.m.12:57 p.m.70.7%2:15 p.m.
Austin11:41 a.m.1:10 p.m.65.1%2:39 p.m.
Houston11:46 a.m.1:16 p.m.66.6%2:45 p.m.
Cairo, IL11:52 a.m.1:22 p.m.99.9%2:48 p.m.
Memphis11:52 a.m.1:22 p.m.93.2%2:50 p.m.
Chicago11:54 a.m.1:19 p.m.86.7%2:42 p.m.
New Orleans11:57 a.m.1:29 p.m.75.3%2:57 p.m.
Louisville12:59 p.m.2:27 p.m.95.8%3:51 p.m.
Mexico City1:01 p.m.2:20 p.m.26.7% 3:37 p.m.
Chattanooga1:02 p.m.2:32 p.m.99.5%3:57 p.m.
Knoxville1:04 p.m.2:34 p.m.99.9%3:58 p.m.
Atlanta1:05 p.m.2:36 p.m.97.0%4:01 p.m.
Cleveland1:06 p.m.2:30 p.m.80.0%3:51 p.m.
Asheville1:08 p.m.2:37 p.m.99.2%4:01 p.m.
Toronto1:10 p.m.2:32 p.m.70.6%3:49 p.m.
Washington1:17 p.m.2:42 p.m.81.1%4:01 p.m.
Montreal1:21 p.m.2:38 p.m.58.3%3:50 p.m.
New York1:23 p.m.2:44 p.m.71.6%4:00 p.m.
Quebec City1:26 p.m.2:39 p.m.52.4%3:49 p.m.
Miami1:26 p.m.2:58 p.m.78.3%4:20 p.m.
Boston1:28 p.m.2:46 p.m.63.2%3:59 p.m.
Portland, ME1:29 p.m.2:45 p.m.58.8%3:57 p.m.
San Juan, PR2:11 p.m.3:34 p.m.79.9%4:46 p.m.
Moncton, NB2:38 p.m.3:49 p.m.56.4%4:54 p.m.
Halifax, NS2:42 p.m.3:53 p.m.48.4%4:58 p.m.
Hamilton, BM2:51 p.m.4:12 p.m.81.1%5:25 p.m.
St. John’s, NL3:29 p.m.4:29 p.m.31.7%5:24 p.m.

In the accompanying table, we have calculated specific details of the eclipse for 40 locations that are inside the path of totality and will witness the grand spectacle of a total eclipse of the Sun. For each location, you will find the local time for the start of the eclipse, followed by the time when the total eclipse will start, then the duration of totality in minutes (“m”) and seconds (“s”) and finally, the time for the end of the eclipse.

Total Eclipse Of The Sun, August 21st, 2017
LocationStartsTotality StartsDurationEnds
Lincoln Beach9:04 a.m.10:15 a.m.1 m. 58 s.11:36 a.m.
Corvallis9:04 a.m.10:16 a.m.1 m. 39 s.11:37 a.m.
Salem9:05 a.m.10:17 a.m.1 m. 54 s.11:37 a.m.
Idaho Falls10:15 a.m.11:32 a.m.1 m. 47 s. 12:58 p.m.
Jackson Hole 10:16 a.m.11:34 a.m.2 m. 20 s.1:00 p.m.
Gannett Peak10:17 a.m.11:36 a.m.2 m. 02 s.1:02 p.m.
Riverton10:19 a.m.11:39 a.m.2 m. 13 s.1:05 p.m.
Casper10:22 a.m.11:42 a.m.2 m. 25 s.1:09 p.m.
Scottsbluff11:25 a.m.12:48 p.m.1 m. 41 s.1:41 p.m.
North Platte11:30 a.m.12:54 p.m.1 m. 31 s.2:21 p.m.
Kearney11:33 a.m.12:57 p.m.1 m. 53 s.2:25 p.m.
Hastings11:34 a.m.12:58 p.m.2 m. 13 s.2:26 p.m.
Grand Island11:34 a.m.12:58 p.m.2 m. 34 s.2:26 p.m.
Lincoln11:37 a.m.1:02 p.m.1m. 26 s.2:29 p.m.
Seneca11:38 a.m.1:04 p.m.2 m. 32 s.2:32 p.m.
Atchison11:40 a.m.1:06 p.m.2 m. 18 s.2:34 p.m.
Saint Joseph11:40 a.m.1:06 p.m.2 m. 38 s.2:34 p.m.
Leavenworth11:40 a.m.1:07 p.m.1 m. 30 s.2:35 p.m.
Kansas City, KS 11:41 a.m.1:08 p.m.On Edge2:35 p.m.
Kansas City, MO11:41 a.m.1:08 p.m.On Edge2:35 p.m.
Columbia11:45 a.m.1:12 p.m.2 m. 36 s.2:40 p.m.
Jefferson City11:46 a.m.1:13 p.m.2 m. 28 s.2:41 p.m.
Saint Louis11:50 a.m.1:18 p.m.On Edge2:44 p.m.
Cape Giradeau11:51 a.m.1:20 p.m.1 m. 44 s.2:47 p.m.
Carbondale11:52 a.m.1:20 p.m.2 m. 37 s. 2:47 p.m.
Marion11:52 a.m.1:20 p.m.2 m. 27 s.2:47 p.m.
Paducah11:54 a.m.1:22 p.m. 2 m. 20 s.2:49 p.m.
Hopkinsville11:56 a.m.1:24 p.m.2 m. 40 s.2:51 p.m.
Clarksville11:56 a.m.1:25 p.m.2 m. 17 s.2:52 p.m.
Bowling Green11:58 a.m.1:27 p.m.1 m. 27 s.2:53 p.m.
Nashville11:58 a.m.1:27 p.m.1 m. 54 s. 2:53 p.m.
Murfreesboro11:59 a.m.1:29 p.m.0 m. 53 s.2:55 p.m.
Clayton1:06 p.m.2:35 p.m.2 m. 34 s.4:01 p.m.
Franklin1:06 p.m.2:35 p.m.2 m. 30 s. 4:00 p.m.
Greenville1:09 p.m.2:37 p.m.2 m. 10 s.4:02 p.m.
Columbia1:13 p.m.2:41 p.m.2 m. 29 s.4:06 p.m.
N. Charleston1:16 p.m.2:46 p.m.1 m. 48 s.4:09 p.m.
Charleston1:16 p.m.2:46 p.m.1 m. 31 s. 4:09 p.m.
McClellanville1:17 p.m.2:46 p.m.2 m. 33 s.4:10 p.m.

The most important thing to keep in mind is never to look at even a portion of the Sun directly without proper viewing glasses. Such eyewear has special filters expressly designed for viewing the Sun and can be found online at Only during the total phase can the Sun be viewed directly without any special filters.

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1 Gordon { 04.12.17 at 1:00 pm }

Hello everyone,

I gave my eclipse photography talk to the Solar Science Group at NASA in Huntsville, Alabama yesterday. I think they learned a lot and a number of them will be using my solar eclipse timing app in the field when they lead observing groups around the Southeast. These are exciting times! The android version is fully tested now and I should be able to release it in about 2 weeks.


2 Susan Higgins { 03.24.17 at 8:36 am }

Thanks for sharing, Gordon! Sounds wonderful!

3 Gordon { 03.23.17 at 8:54 pm }

Hey everyone,

Tuesday night I gave a talk on eclipse preparation and eclipse photography to the Birmingham Astronomical Society (AL). I had a really good time meeting that group and I the information I presented was really well received. They told me they learned a lot about preparing for an eclipse from me presenting my experiences with photographing three of them. It was gratifying for me. In the next couple of weeks, I will be posting some of the slides as a video on my YouTube channel Foxwood Astronomy, where I already have helpful preparation videos. They loved the concept of my timer app especially the automatic calculation fo the sequence of 10 partial phase images.


4 Susan Higgins { 03.09.17 at 8:41 am }

Hi Gordon, Thank you for your service. And thanks for your note. Our post includes a map with the path of totality as well. Enjoy the show!

5 Gordon { 03.09.17 at 7:25 am }

Hi everyone,
I am a veteran of observing 3 total solar eclipses overseas and I am excited for this USA eclipse. I noticed there were a couple of posts from the past where people were asking “how much they would see” in certain cities that were not in the path. Please don’t look at is that way, you must get into the path of totality, this eclipse is all about totality! Even being 1 mile away from the path is not good enough. Search for “Google Interactive Eclipse Map” at pick one, these will show the path of totality, On eclipse day get into the path as close to the center line as reasonable. Try to look for a shopping center that has a big parking lot in the path and park there so you don’t have to park on the side of the road. Order eclipse glasses now, so you have them. You must protect your eyes all the way through the partial phases, but during totality you can look at the eclipsed Sun with your eyes. It is a spectacular sight. You must know the exact time that is going to happen for your observing location. My mobile app is designed to tell you all of the important times and “talk” you through the eclipse.


6 Solar eclipse { 03.06.17 at 9:01 pm }

Solar Eclipse Timer is an easy to use mobile app that will “talk” you thru the Total Solar Eclipse. Simple enough for everyone yet complex enough for experienced viewers. Check it out at Get in the path, it is going to be an amazing show!!! You don’t want to miss a second!

7 jaiosb64 { 02.22.17 at 12:45 pm }

I don’t agree.

8 Susan Higgins { 02.12.17 at 8:12 pm }

Janie, if you’re traveling, you might want to book a hotel and simply head outside to view. You can locate a park or a parking lot. Or investigate the town you’re traveling to and ask the Chamber of Commerce where would be a nice location.

9 Janie { 02.12.17 at 7:48 pm }

How do you find a place to park in the zone of totality? Just pulling off of the road does not seem safe or sane. Will all public parking be full?

10 Jo { 02.10.17 at 8:09 pm }

Please help I can’t find Philadelphia PA. Thank you in advance!

11 Henry Martin { 10.03.16 at 7:09 pm }

“On Edge” means that the cities have areas of totality but are mostly at 99%. Folk there will have to travel about 30 miles in towards the center path for the best (longest) viewing.

To Maggie: I experienced a total eclipse when I was a teenager (near Valdosta, GA). Please don’t miss this because of distance. Get on I-95 from Maryland and come to Greenville, SC (or Columbia, but shhhh) for an experience of a lifetime. Even on a cloudy day (fingers crossed) a total eclipse is a thing you should try to experience. Partials are interesting, but hardly noticeable.

And yes, this is on a Monday, before school starts about a week later. I hear there is going to be a big party at “Death Valley” in Clemson, SC (near maximum totality!). Y’all can come stay in Greenville and see it at maybe 20 seconds less exposure.

12 Melinda M { 08.27.16 at 12:07 pm }

On 8/24 Roxy asked what “On Edge” means for Duration in Kansas City. I’m in KC and also looking for that information. Does anybody know???

13 Owen Sanders { 08.24.16 at 4:07 pm }

I’m just 7 miles from Marion, Illinois, I will see a total eclipse I’ve got my glasses and lens for my telescope ready. Bring it on can’t wait for it.

14 Roxy { 08.24.16 at 8:40 am }

What does “on edge” mean for the duration of the total eclipse in Kansas City?

15 Mandy { 08.24.16 at 9:02 am }

Hey Liz, I think you are looking at a 2016 calendar. August 22,2017 is on a Thursday.

16 liz { 08.24.16 at 7:27 am }

So I’m checking the calendar to make sure school isn’t in session yet so we can travel as a family to view the eclipse together. August 21, 2017 is actually a Monday. The table that Farmers Almanac showing the cities times’ states August 21 as a Sunday. So is the eclipse on Sunday, August 20 or Monday, August 21? Please can someone confirm the date and day so we can make proper plans? Thanks so much!

17 Susan Higgins { 08.23.16 at 2:00 pm }

Hi Maggie Cole, check out the link to the map in the article to see how much you will see in MD.

18 Maggie Cole { 08.22.16 at 8:22 pm }

I don’t see any cities in Maryland and I live in Glen Burnie, MD about 20 mins north of Annapolis, MD How much will we see it here?

19 Susan Higgins { 08.23.16 at 2:06 pm }

Hi Jenny, Click on the map and you’ll see the path of totality in yellow. You can see which states it flows through.

20 Jenny { 08.21.16 at 9:12 pm }

Is it possible to find out exactly what state each city is in? Is the Clayton in the total eclipse chart in NC?

21 Susan Higgins { 08.17.16 at 1:58 pm }

Wonderful! Thank you for the note. We’re very excited around here about it! Be sure to pick up our 2017 edition which has detailed information about the event!

22 { 08.17.16 at 10:42 am }

Thanks for helping to spread the news about the 2017 eclipse. It’s going to be an amazing event!

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