The 2017 Solar Eclipse (as it is being called) is a once-in-a-lifetime event. The eclipse will begin in Oregon and then move across the nation.
This will be the first time in 99 years; a solar eclipse will be observable in the United States. The moon’s shadow will stretch across the Earth’s surface, crossing portions of twelve states. Beginning in Oregon at 10:15:56.5 a.m. PDT, the total solar eclipse will follow a 67-mile wide path east through the country. It will finally leave by way of South Carolina’s East Coast at 2:48 p.m. EDT. In any particular place, the total eclipse will last around 2 or 3 minutes. It will take about an 90 minutes for the eclipse to travel across the entire country.
The August eclipse will be extremely available to anyone inside a 200-mile drive of its path of totality, but of course, the most important element in finding a good view is of course, the weather.
In St. Augustine, we will see a partial solar eclipse. For us, the eclipse will hit its highest point at 14:48:58 EDT, once the moon blocks out 89.7% of the sun. Hey, it’s better than nothing! Here is a list of some of the best places it will be visible.
The next North American total solar eclipse will be on April 8, 2024. It will begin in Mexico, making its way through Texas to Maine and finally end in Canada. I’m quite sure that after the 21st, people will start making plans for that one.