Yep, I am a total eclipse junky! This summer, August 21, 2017, we here in the US can see it in all it’s glory for 1 minute and 45 seconds! The total eclipse is in a small area, anywhere off that track you will get only a partial eclipse or none at all.
BE CLEAR: You must protect your eyes when viewing an eclipse of the sun. The sun’s power is extremely strong and looking directly at an eclipse (the sun) without protection, AND NOT JUST EVERYDAY SUNGLASSES, will damage or permanently destroy your eyesight. There are ways to protect your eyesight and enjoy the eclipse.
Eclipses were originally thought to be the work of evil spirits. Now we understand that it is the alignment of the sun and the earth with the moon in between. But THAT is very unusual for us here in North America! Result? The eclipse hunters are getting ready for the big event!
Travel plans are being made by people around the world and the US, Canada, and Mexico to be in line with the total eclipse.
It will begin at 10:15am on the coast of Oregon, move over the country to end at 2:49pm on the coast of South Carolina. The longest viewing of the total eclipse will take place in Southern Illinois for 2 minutes and 40 seconds beginning at 1:17pm. There is a lot of territory in between, so I suggest you have a look at http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/path_through_the_US.htm This is the best all around informational website I have found to give you probably more information than you need! It also will give you the best way to view the eclipse safely. Before buying your eclipse viewing glasses do your research to avoid being scammed.
Now is the time to plan if you wish to see the total eclipse of the sun, as there are a lot of people wanting to see this once in several life times opportunity.
Another great article was in the LA Times Travel Section on March 19, 2017 by Valli Herman http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-solar-eclipse-20170319-story.html
As you know, I only do the islands of the South Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand so check for travel information from your local travel agency and/or go online to book the best place for your time in eclipsed sun! Enjoy!