Best Places To See The Solar Eclipse, The Glasses & More
This event has had astronomers buzzing for years and the past few months it’s become a “must-do” event for many American, as well. Some people are traveling hundreds or thousands of miles to remote areas of America.
Small towns are having parties. Bars in the path of the eclipse are having viewing events. Private pilots are flying into fields and making it a full-day festival.
Here’s everything you need to know about this momentous moment in which the earth, sun and moon all line up together to completely create darkness in what otherwise would be daylight.
The Path & Times Of The Solar Eclipse
The eclipse is traveling across the USA from west to east, making a diagonial cut across the country. It reaches America at Lincoln Beach, Oregon, at 1:16 p.m., Eastern Time (10:16 PT) and ends near Charleston, S.C., at 2:48 p.m., ET.
It cuts across the following states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, clips the northeast corner of Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, hits the southwest corner of North Carolina and the northeast corner of Georgia before going through South Carolina.
The Path Of Totality
This is where the there will be total darkness as the moon completely blocks out the sun. In areas not in this so-called “path of totally” will get part of the sun blocked out; how much depends on how far one is from the points of total darkness.
Best Places &Times To See The Full Eclipse
Here’s a rundown of where people are flocking to in order to see the full eclipse. The times listed are as follows: eclipse begins, totality begins, totality ends, eclipse ends.
• Madras, OR 9:06 a.m., 10:19 a.m., 10:21 a.m. 11:41 a.m. (PDT)
• Idaho Falls, ID, 10:15 a.m., 11:33 a.m., 11:34 a.m. 12:58 p.m. (MDT)
• Casper, WY, 10:22 a.m., 11:42 a.m., 11:45 a.m. 1:09 p.m. (MDT)
• Lincoln, NE, 11:37 a.m., 1:02 p.m., 1:04 p.m., 2:29 p.m. (CDT)
• Jefferson City, MO, 11:46 a.m., 1:13 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:41 p.m. (CDT)
• Carbondale, IL, 11:52 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 1:22 p.m., 2:47 p.m. (CDT)
• Paducah, KY, 11:54 a.m., 1:22 p.m., 1:24 p.m., 2:49 p.m. (CDT)
• Nashville, TN, 11:58 a.m. 1:27 p.m., 1:29 p.m., 2:54 p.m. (CDT)
• Clayton, GA, 1:06 p.m., 2:35 p.m., 2:38 p.m., 4:01 p.m. (EDT)
• Columbia, SC, 1:03 p.m., 2:41 p.m., 2:44 p.m., 4:06 p.m. (EDT)
Where You Won’t See The Full Eclipse
Most major USA cities. The only big city the eclipse goes over is Nashville. It also goes south of Knoxville, TN (get off I-75 at Loudon). There is also darkness in Columbia and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Mostly, it’s over small towns and farmlands. Many of these places are getting 10,000-50,000 people showing up for the eclipse and towns are charging for people to sit in their public parks (some are even renting tents, treating it like a college football tailgate party).
Yes, looking directly into an eclipse can hurt your eyes. Sunglasses DO NOT offer protection. Here is a list of reputable vendors of solar eclipse glasses – tho many are now sold out of them – and a couple of suggestions on how to make do if you don’t have the glasses.
Link: Solar Glasses Vendors
When Is The Next Solar Eclipse In The USA?
There will be solar eclipses visible from parts of the USA. on Oct. 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024. The one in 2024 will be a total solar eclipse visible from Texas to Maine.