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Total Eclipse of the Sun visible in USA - plan ahead for August 21, 2017

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At the risk of it being too early to point this out, the first TOTAL Eclipse of the Sun visible from the continental U.S. in what will have been 38+ years will happen on August 21, 2017. (THREE years from now)

The band of 'totality', where you can witness near darkness for just less than 2 minutes will stretch from the Oregon coast across central Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, northeastern Kansas, Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, east-central Tennessee, northeastern Georgia and the center of South Carolina.

I speak from personal experience (though not much) when I assure you that a mere 10% of the sun is still a LOT (aka "too much") of sun and light - so if you're going to make any effort, you need to seek a viewing point in the band of totality, which you can find, in blue, at this web link:

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEatlas/SEatlas3/SEatlas2001.GIF

TV coverage of a Total Eclipse of the Sun from 1970 can be found at this YouTube Link...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW_Y29zfH0I (Part 6, much of which is taken from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in considerable darkness, is quite awe inspiring) (here is a link directly to part 6 - which begins with some ancient play depicting primitive humanity's sense of Solar Eclipses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZP9Rd5rdfg )

The Eclipse will begin on the Oregon coast shortly after 9:00am and move eastward fairly steadily, with the brief window of totality taking all of eleven minutes to cross the state of Oregon west-to-east, beginning in the neighborhood of 10:15am PDT.

This will be just the 2nd Total Eclipse of the Sun visible from the western U.S. mainland since 1945, and the first since 1979... but given its central path across the continent, this total eclipse places itself within the range and potential plans of a vast majority of the U.S. population, fully half of which won't even have been alive during the last Total Eclipse of the Sun visible from the U.S. mainland.

Maybe it isn't too early to plan now to go see Europe in 2016, go see uncle Fred in 2015, and save 2017 on the Calendar for positioning yourself and others in your family at some point across the wide band from which the Total Eclipse of the Sun will be visible on Monday morning, August 21, 2017.

There will be another such Total Eclipse stretching from Texas to Maine in 2024, but the next one in the western USA outside of a tiny snippet of N.E. Montana won't happen until 2045.

Just be aware... at the very least...

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