The Best Places to Watch the Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse 2017

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August 15, 2017

On Aug. 21 the Earth, sun, and moon will completely blow us away during a total solar eclipse that will last a little more than an hour and 33 minutes, coast to coast.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon's apparent diameter is larger than the sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness.

Not since the February 1979 eclipse has a total eclipse been visible from the mainland United States.The path of totality will touch 14 states, though a partial eclipse will be visible in many more states. The event will begin on the Oregon coast as a partial eclipse at 9:06 a.m. PDT on August 21, and will end later that day as a partial eclipse along the South Carolina coast at about 4:06 p.m. EDT.

Millions are expected to travel far and wide to witness the once-in-a-life-time event.

Here are some of the best places to watch the Total Solar Eclipse.

Oregon
Madras, Oregon
Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 4 seconds
Totality begins at 10:19 a.m. PDT

The moon’s shadow, touching down at 10:15 a.m. just north of Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast, will race east across cities in the Willamette Valley (Salem, Corvallis, Albany), central Oregon (Madras, Prineville, Redmond) and ending its path in eastern Oregon (John Day, Baker City, Ontario).


Idaho
Snake River Valley, Idaho
Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 18 seconds
Totality begins at 11:33 a.m. MDT

Seeing the eclipse in the great out-of-doors would make for a great experience than in a big city. For the best backdrop and scenery, no place tops the Snake River Valley.

Wyoming
Casper, Wyoming
Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 26 seconds
Totality begins at 11:42 a.m. MDT
Serious sky watchers are heading to Wyoming’s popular mountain resort areas and its wide-open spaces, clear skies and grand vistas of mountains and plains.

Nebraska
Sandhills of western Nebraska
Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 30 seconds
Totality beings at 11:49 a.m. MDT 

The state celebrates its 150th year of statehood by embracing eclipse events from border to border.

South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 30 seconds
Totality begins at 2:43 p.m. EDT

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Totality begins at 2:43 p.m. EDT. Along with America’s heavily populated eastern seaboard, Columbia is the largest city in the line of totality. So expect pilgrimages to the Palmetto State capitol from folks from New York down to Miami.

Along with America’s heavily populated eastern seaboard, Columbia is the largest city in the line of totality. So expect pilgrimages to the Palmetto State capitol from folks from New York down to Miami.

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