2017 Total Solar Eclipse: A Guide to Totality on August 21, 2017


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The Moon's umbral shadow will cross the continental United States on August 21, 2017, creating a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse visible to millions. This is one celestial event that people will be talking about for years to come.

We've assembled the resources here to help you prepare for this grand celestial spectacle. From how to watch to where to stay, you'll find what you need to make the most of this total solar eclipse.


How to View the 2017 Eclipse

Viewing a solar eclipse with eclipse glasses

Johnny Horne

Four Things to Know About the 2017 Solar Eclipse
Find out the basic when, where, and why of the next total solar eclipse.

How to Watch a Partial Solar Eclipse Safely
Can't make it to totality? All locations in the continental U.S. will see a deep partial solar eclipse — but don't gaze directly at the Sun during the partial phases. Here's what you can do instead to see the spectacle.

How to Look At The Sun Safely
This observing guide to solar eclipses — partial and total alike — covers direct-viewing with solar-viewing filters, projected view, or viewing through a filter-equipped telescope.

Pictures of Solar Eclipses
S&T's readers often travel great distances to stand in the Moon's shadow and record the otherworldly spectacle taking place in the sky above them. Browse through their amazing images — then capture some of your own on August 21, 2017.


(See Spanish versions of the videos.)


Planning for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

NASA's Interactive Map of the 2017 Eclipse

Xavier Jubier's Interactive Google Map of the 2017 Eclipse

Bill Kramer's Local Circumstances Calculator

Weather for America's Eclipse by Jay Anderson and Jennifer West

Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017
This ultimate eclipse guide is indispensable for planning for the eclipse — find detailed maps all along totality, detailed observing guides, tips for astrophotographers, and much more!

NASA Scientific Visualization Studio


Find Eclipse-Day Events and Places to Stay

Total solar eclipse in 2010

Sky & Telescope / Dennis Di Cicco

There are tons of eclipse-focused events in national parks, observatories, and amateur astronomers' backyards across the nation! Be sure to check all the event calendars listed below, as many events are not cross-listed across all of the calendars.

If you're looking for a place to stay, browse our listings and RV guide for campsites and rentals near the path of totality.

Sky & Telescope's Event Calendar

Night Sky Network's Event Calendar

American Astronomical Society's Events & Activities Map

2017 Solar Eclipse Venues & Real Estate Eclipse Rentals
Do you want to travel closer to totality? Browse the listings of campsites and rooms for rent, available on S&T's MarketPlace

RV Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Hotels are filling up, so RVing your way to totality might be your best bet. We've provided a guide to some of the best RV parks and campgrounds along the eclipse path.


Education and Public Outreach

Sun funnel

Make a Sun funnel with instructions from NASA.

How to Make a Sun Funnel
Download a PDF with instructions on making a Sun funnel to share solar views with a large crowd.

STAR Library Network: Eclipse Resources
Find out how to get free eclipse glasses to share with the public, plus find answers to frequently asked questions, watch videos, and get instructions on making a pinhole camera.

An Observer's Guide to Viewing the Eclipse
An 8-page PDF insert aimed toward science teachers.

Resources from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Includes links to Astronomy Beat articles on the eclipse and eclipse-chasing, as well as Universe in the Classroom articles on teaching how and why eclipses happen.

Educators Plan for America’s 2017 Solar Eclipse
Science educators gathered to determine how they can make the most use out of the 2017 eclipse. Find out more about the community's efforts.

Eclipse Glasses Discounts for Large Groups
This link offers discounts off of eclipse glasses for teachers and others planning large-group outreach activities.


Total Solar Eclipse Projects

2017 eclipse path across U.S.

In 2017, for the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse (visible from within the dark gray line) will sweep completely across the United States. Click the image for a larger version.

Tips for Imaging a Solar Eclipse
Find seven simple tips for capturing a solar eclipse — plus learn how to shoot a wide-angle eclipse sequence.

Citizen Science for the Great American Solar Eclipse
Solar scientists hope an armada of amateur astrophotographers can record the inner corona’s evolution throughout the 2017 total solar eclipse.

My Do-It-Yourself Relativity Test
Amateur astronomers can, with some effort, prove that Einstein really was right — try it yourself during the 2017 eclipse.


Further Resources

For even more eclipse-related resources, visit our 2017 Eclipse Resources page, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Resource Guide, American Astronomical Society's Eclipse Portal, or the official NASA website.