Later this summer – August 21st to be exact – the continental US will experience an event that hasn’t happened in nearly 100 years: a total solar eclipse (believe it or not, the last time a solar eclipse swept across the entire US was in 1918)! So we at HealingRadius wanted to bring you some info on solar eclipses and where you can view this summer’s celestial show!
What is a Solar Eclipse?
Just so we all start off on the right foot, what’s happening across North America this August is called a total solar eclipse. That means anyone within the path of totality will be able to see the moon cross between the Earth and the sun. When the moon crosses the sun, all you’ll be able to see of the sun is its corona, or tenuous atmosphere that creates a ring of light around the moon.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to have some tools to watch the total eclipse. Obviously, you can’t stare at the sun for 1½ – 3 minutes. Luckily, we have a few options for keeping our eyes safe while enjoying quite a show. Check out NASA’s tips for safely viewing the eclipse here.
10 Unique Places to Watch Solar Eclipse 2017
In North America, the path of totality for the solar eclipse later this year stretches diagonally across the US from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, beginning at 9:05 a.m. PDT to Charleston, South Carolina, ending around 2:48 p.m. EDT. People along this path will see the total solar eclipse, while others in the US may be able to see a partial eclipse.
Looking to celebrate the eclipse somewhere? Here are 10 places across the US going all out for a solar eclipse celebration:
Eclipse duration: 1:16 p.m. – 4:09 p.m. EDT
Totality start: 2:46 p.m. EDT
Charleston is expecting visitors traveling long distances to view the eclipse and is prepared with over a dozen eclipse-related events.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina
Eclipse duration: 1:06 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Totality start: 2:35 p.m. EDT
Eclipse duration: 11:52 a.m. – 2:47 p.m. CDT
Totality start: 2:20 p.m. CDT
Eclipse totality in Carbondale, IL will last for 2 minutes and 41 seconds, longer than anywhere else in the world that day!
Homestead National Monument, Nebraska
Eclipse duration: 11:33 a.m. – 2:33 p.m. CDT
Totality start: 1:02 p.m. CDT
NASA and Bill Nye (yes, the Science Guy!) will be hosting events for all ages at the park and in nearby locations from August 19 to 21.
Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska
Eclipse duration: 10:27 a.m. – 1:16 p.m. MDT
Totality start: 11:49 a.m. MDT
Carhenge, a recreational Stonehenge made of 39 cars near Alliance, Nebraska is a great place for solar-eclipse-related photography opportunities.
Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming
Eclipse duration: 10:17 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. MDT
Totality start: 11:36 a.m. MDT
Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho
Eclipse duration: 10:02 a.m. – 1:02 p.m. MDT
Totality start: 11:32 a.m. MDT
Mauler National Forest, Oregon
Eclipse duration: 9:08 a.m. – 11:44 a.m. PDT
Totality start: 10:23 a.m. PDT
Lincoln Beach, Oregon
Eclipse duration: 9:04 a.m. – 11:36 a.m. PDT
Totality start: 10:17 a.m. PDT
The Atlantic Ocean
Yes, really! The Atlantic Ocean!
Royal Caribbean is hosting a Total Eclipse Cruise for passengers to watch the eclipse while sailing the ocean.
The seven-night cruise leaves from Port Canaveral, Florida and plans to make stops in the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.
So where will you be later this summer to watch what some are calling the Great American Eclipse??
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.