Mark your Calendar! On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.
In the surrounding areas, which include all of mainland United States and Canada, the total eclipse 2017 will be a partial solar eclipse.
This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since February 26, 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918.
Where to See the Eclipse
Everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse, while the thin path of totality will pass through portions of 14 states.
Regions seeing, at least, a partial eclipse: West in Europe, North/East Asia, North/West Africa, North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.
Cities where at least part of the total eclipse is visible
- Salem, Oregon, USA
- Harrison, Nebraska, USA
- North Platte, Nebraska, USA
- Kearney, Nebraska, USA
- Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
- Kansas City, Kansas, USA
- Kansas City, Missouri, USA
- Independence, Missouri, USA
- Jefferson City, Missouri, USA
- Carbondale, Illinois, USA
- Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
- Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA
- Nashville, Tennessee, USA
- Cookeville, Tennessee, USA
- Anderson, South Carolina, USA
- Taylors, South Carolina, USA
- Columbia, South Carolina, USA
- Kingstree, South Carolina, USA
- Summerville, South Carolina, USA
- Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Cities where partial eclipse is visible
- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
- Havana, Cuba
- Nassau, Bahamas
- Hamilton, Bermuda
- Port-au-Prince, Haiti
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- The Valley, Anguilla
- Marigot, Saint Martin
- Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
- Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy
- Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
- Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe
- Roseau, Dominica
- Bridgetown, Barbados
- Praia, Cabo Verde
Maximum Point: Best Location to View the Eclipse
Find out the visibility where you live here
Eclipse Start & End: Local Time for US States
The total solar eclipse will then move across northeastern Kansas (starting at 11:36 am local time), Missouri (11:46 am), southern Illinois (11:52 am), western Kentucky (11:56 am), Tennessee (11:58 am), northeastern Georgia (1:07 pm), and South Carolina (1:13 pm).
The last city in the US to see the eclipse will be Charleston, South Carolina. Here, the eclipse will run from 1:16 pm to 4:09 pm local time.
When the Eclipse Happens Worldwide — Timeline
The eclipse starts at one location and ends at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurs. Find your local times here
|Event||UTC Time||*(Time in the Netherlands)|
|First location to see the partial eclipse begin||21 aug 15:46||21 aug 17:46|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||21 aug 16:48||21 aug 18:48|
|Maximum Eclipse||21 aug 18:21||21 aug 20:21|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||21 aug 20:02||21 aug 22:02|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||21 aug 21:04||21 aug 23:04|
* Time shown for the Netherlands does not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from the Netherlands. Instead, it indicate the times when the eclipse begins, is at its maximum, and ends, somewhere else on Earth. The corresponding local time is useful if you want to view the eclipse via a live stream webcam. Find your local times here
View the eclipse from multiple locations and perspectives, moving back and forth in time and space. How will it look from your town?
More info about the 21 Aug 2017 eclipse