When is the next one?
The most common phrase you hear right after every total solar eclipse is this – when is the next one?
Your next chance of experiencing a total solar eclipse will be on August 21, 2017. This one is referred to as ‘The Great American Eclipse’, as the path of totality makes landfall across 12 states in the U.S., from Oregon to South Carolina. For the first time in nearly 40 years, millions of Americans will get to experience this amazing event without having to travel abroad. For the 12 million people living within the path of totality, all they have to do is step outside and look up.
The path of totality for this total solar eclipse starts in the north Pacific Ocean, and then makes landfall across the central part of North America, crossing the states of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina. The path then continues out into the Atlantic Ocean, with a maximum width of 115 km. The maximum duration of this eclipse is 2 minutes and 45 seconds in western Kentucky.
This is a really exciting eclipse, because it is happening in a location that will be accessible to millions of people. The path of totality provides so many travel options for locals and visitors, and the U.S. is a very easy country for many people to travel independently. As a result, this eclipse is affordable, and within reach of many people.
Eclipse chasers are favouring the western path, as there are better chances for clearer skies.
I have been significantly involved with this eclipse – check out the PLANNING section of my website for details. I will be viewing this eclipse from within Grand Teton National Park, and will again be partnering with The Independent Traveller.
RESOURCES FOR THIS ECLIPSE
There are some really great resources available to help with getting to the path of totality for the next total eclipse across the US on August 21, 2017. Here are some of the people behind the key websites – these are passionate eclipse chasers who have spent many years of their time (just like I have) developing resources for others to use in their eclipse planning. I know them all personally, and can highly recommend them and the work that they do because they love to help others:
Michael Zeiler – www.greatamericaneclipse.com
Michael is a cartographer by profession, and it was only a matter of time that he turned his skills to making the best eclipse maps around. He produces fantastic detailed maps about the eclipse, along with a recently published book, and he is very active on FB and twitter.
Fred Espenak – www.eclipsewise.com
Fred is a retired NASA astrophysicist who is known as ‘Mr Eclipse’, and is the authoritative source for lunar and solar eclipse predictions and information. He has also produced several books and maps about the 2017 eclipse. The eclipse guru!
Xavier Jubier – SolarEclipsesGoogleMaps
Xavier maintains the excellent interactive GoogleMaps which allows you to make detailed plans on his incredibly helpful site. There are many features that help with eclipse chasing, and Xavier is always adding more. He also produces software for eclipse photography.
Jay Anderson – www.eclipsophile.com
Jay is the eclipse chasing weather guru who provides very detailed climate and weather analysis across the path of totality for each and every eclipse. He really is the go-to man for everything related to the weather, and he has a ‘weather desk’ that provides key information before each eclipse. (and if you are interested, Jay was one of my nine eclipse chasers featured in my book Total Addiction – you can get a little insight into what it is like to mix your skills with what you love, and also how stressful it can be being the weather expert!).
Michael Bakich – eclipse podcasts
Michael is Senior Editor of Astronomy magazine, and has been recording a very informative eclipse podcast for the last two years. Each podcast episode is 10 minutes long, and is a great way of learning about eclipses on the go. He has other resources, and has also just published a book about the 2017 eclipse.
Another excellent, detailed and thorough website specifically dedicated to the US total eclipse is:
Dan McGlaun – www.eclipse2017.org
Dan has detailed information about all aspects of this eclipse. However, the truly stand-out feature of his website is the section on community – every community within the path. This allows you to go in detail, state by state, to every community. For those of us involved in community planning, this is an excellent resource, and I am encouraging all communities to submit their details here.
There are many, many other sites – this list is not meant to be exhaustive, but represents the key sites that I use in my eclipse preparations for this next eclipse in 2017.