Solar Eclipse Timings Across the United States
Monday, August 21st, 2017; it’s the 1st time in 40 years that the U.S will witness a complete solar eclipse. The breathtaking celestial event which millions will be waiting to witness will take place as the moon passes directly in front of the sun. The cities meanwhile that will witness a complete eclipse start from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, and end at Charleston, South Carolina. In this narrow path, the moon will be blocking out the sun completely. Outside of this narrow stretch however, viewers will be able to witness a partial solar eclipse. But what’s more important is the exact time as to when the event will occur. Well worry not, we have all the relevant information in one place. Let’s take a look.
Western United States (1st Time Zone):
The coast of Oregon will be the 1st place to witness the entirety of the eclipse. Here, the moon will start to block out the sun at 9:04 a.m. By 10:17 am local time, it will have blocked the sun out completely. The total solar eclipse is expected to last only 3 mins so when & where to look is essential. As for the cities of Portland and Eugene, Oregon, which sit just outside of the narrow path, there will only be a partial solar eclipse with the moon blocking out 99 percent of the sun.
Rocky Mountains (2nd Time Zone):
The eclipse in America’s 2nd time zone will begin in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, at 10:16 a.m. By the time the clock hits 11:36 am, the moon will be blocking out the sun completely. As for the neighboring Yellowstone National Park, viewers there will experience a 98% eclipse with the moon leaving out a small sliver of the sun. Casper, Wyoming, which is another big city in this area will also experience a total solar eclipse around 11:43 a.m.
Central United States (3rd Time Zone):
The eclipse will make its way across the United States and travel through its heartland cities. It will pass over many of them including Lincoln, Nebraska, Kansas City and St. Louis. People in these cities will therefore need to plan their viewing carefully as each city is right on the edge of the narrow path of total solar eclipse. This means that parts of the cities will experience a total solar eclipse, while other portions will not. Carbondale, Illinois, happens to be in this part of the country and will be a popular location on Aug. 21. That is because it will experience a complete solar eclipse for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds, longer than anywhere else in the country.
Eastern United States (4th Time Zone):
And lastly, the East Coast of United States will be a hotspot for millions of people who will flock towards the path of totality. Coastal areas of South Carolina will be the final place in the United States to experience the total solar eclipse, with the peak eclipse occurring around 2:47 p.m. This however won’t be the end of the eclipse, as the moon’s shadow will continue over the Atlantic.
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