Great Solar Eclipse 2017
Welcome to our Great Solar Eclipse 2017 page. We hope the information provided will help you in your planning to observe the rare astronomical event that will take place August 21, 2017. The last total solar eclipse on US soil was back ion February 26, 1979. August 21 2017 is the first in 99 years that will stretch from coast to coast. The next total solar eclipse in the US will be April 8, 2024 and the will occur in the eastern US, while the next one to occur over Utah won’t be until August 12, 2045. So we had better take this opportunity to observe the one next year.
While Cache Valley is out of the totality area, for us it’s only a partial eclipse, we are only a few hours south of the path of totality. While the Sun, in Cache Valley, will be covered 94.9% this is not good enough. We encourage those who wish to observe this event to do it in the 65 mile wide path of totality where the moon will completely cover the Sun for up to 2 minutes and 42 seconds, depending on where in the United States you are located. For those of us in Cache Valley we should plan a trip in the path of totality which passes through Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming and on eastward.
Several websites are excellent in helping you plan for this exciting event.
Eclipse 2017.org is a great place to begin. This website has been established by Dan McGlaun a veteran observer of twelve solar eclipses. Dan’s website is very comprehensive giving information such as what is an eclipse, detailed information of its path with many maps, weather, eye safety and information on the communities along its path.
Xavier Jubier’s 2017 Total Eclipse Interactive Google Map is an excellent tool. Select any location along the path and it
will give you the exact times of the eclipse at your sit. The times given is based on UT Time, so be sure to subtract six hours to get Mountain Daylight Time.
Great American Eclipse is a fantastic website for helping you locate the best observing site for this even. Lots of maps and other information about the eclipse. Much of this is based on what to expect from the local weather conditions.
Total Solar Eclipse 2017 NASA Resources for Informal Education is a very useful site for information and educations links
Sky and Telescope Online magazine has its Solar Eclipse 2017 page full of excellent information such as an RV Guide, a spotlight on Glendo, Wyoming, What to know about the eclipse, Citizen science concerning the eclipse, how to look at he Sun, how to watch the eclipse safely, tips for imaging the eclipse.
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has an extensive Resource Guide of Eclipse related books, articles, and website worth investigating
Astrocon2017 (Astronomical convention) will be held at the Parkway Plaza Hotel Convention Centre in Casper, Wyoming, Wednesday, August 16th through Saturday, August 19th, 2017. The total path of the eclipse will pass through Casper. A great place to visit and meet amateur astronomers from all over the world and attend the many lectures and vendors.
When is the next great Solar Eclipse in the US and North America? This map shows all the coming solar eclipses for the next 30 years.
Now is the time to start planning your trip to see the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017. Many CVAS members are already planning their trip. If you have any questions contact any member of CVAS for more information. Take your family. This is one trip they will remember for the rest of their lives.
The maps below show the path of totality across the entire US as well as across Idaho.