The Best Places to View the Solar Eclipse

You've probably heard about the solar eclipse that will take place and be viewable in certain areas across the United States next week. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in between the Earth and the Sun blocking out some or all of the light from the Sun. In the case of the August 21st eclipse, parts of the US will experience a partial block of the Sun's light.

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If the moon had a perfectly circular orbit in line with the Earth, we would see a solar eclipse every month. However, because the moon's orbit is tilted more than 5 degrees to the Earth's orbit, the shadow usually misses us. It is possible to have up to five eclipses in one calendar year with only one being a total solar eclipse. We're lucky this year to be able to view a solar eclipse. Where can it be viewed from, though?

To see a full totality eclipse, you'll need to be in one of these states/cities at these specific times:

  1. Oregon
    1. Newport - 10:15 AM (PDT)
    2. McMinnvile - 10:17 AM (PDT)
    3. Salem - 10:17 AM (PDT)
  2. Idaho
    1. Idaho Falls - 11:32 AM (MDT)
  3. Wyoming
    1. Casper - 11:42 AM (MDT)
  4. Nebraska
    1. Alliance - 11:49 AM (MDT)
    2. Lincoln - 1:02 PM (CDT)
  5. Missouri
    1. Kansas City - 1:07 PM (CDT)
    2. Jefferson City - 1:13 PM (CDT)
    3. Chesterfield (Near St. Louis) - 1:16 PM (CDT)
  6. Illinois
    1. Carbondale - 1:19 PM (CDT)
  7. Kentucky
    1. Paducah - 1:22 PM (CDT)
    2. Bowling Green - 1:27 PM (CDT)
  8. Tennessee
    1. Nashville - 1:27 PM (CDT)
  9. South Carolina
    1. Clemson - 2:37 PM (EDT)
    2. Greer - 2:38 PM (EDT)
    3. Columbia - 2:41 PM (EDT)
    4. Charleston - 2:45 PM (EDT)

(Source: National Centers for Environmental Information)

Will you be heading outdoors to see the eclipse on Monday? Will you be taking a roadtrip to a location where the eclipse is visible?


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