Maps to Track the August 21st Solar Eclipse
Monday, August 21st will usher in the first full eclipse of the sun (across North America) in decades. Millions are expected to watch the event across the country.
This is something we’ll probably enjoy, merely as a spectacle of nature. I noted a few days ago that some states are preparing to treat the eclipse hysteria like a natural disaster. If you do your viewing around large groups of people – just remember it’s large groups of people.
Otherwise, have fun with the show. The actual viewing band for the total eclipse is rather narrow. However, it seems that the majority of the USA will be treated to 70 – 99% of the full cover-up. That’s still pretty cool.
NASA kindly put together a viewing guide of sorts. This includes facts and maps with approximate (and seemingly very accurate) areas and times. Please take a good look around.
“This unique map shows the path of the moon’s umbral shadow – in which the sun will be completely obscured by the moon – during the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, as well as the fraction of the sun’s area covered by the moon outside the path of totality. The lunar shadow enters the United States near Lincoln City, Oregon, at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins in the United States in Lincoln City, Oregon, at 10:16 a.m. PDT. The total eclipse will end in Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. EDT. The lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 p.m. EDT. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United States.”
On this picture one can see the approximate times the event will be best viewed in the general area. Please click on the much larger maps on NASA’s site. This way you can plan your best observation.
Be mindful the 100% zone is pretty narrow. Use the maps to extrapolate when and where you’ll have your best chances. Not everyone will be treated to the full eclipse, but most should definitely see some part of it.
In addition to the concerns about the “disaster” impact, at least one voice in concern of another sort: Anne Graham Lotz, Billy Graham’s daughter, sees the eclipse as a warning from God. That may well be true even if we cannot discern what He’s warning us about.
Americans face just about every problem conceivable. Another warning about them would make sense. I don’t think the event itself qualifies as a disaster – far from it. Our people may react poorly (as they frequently do) and that might cause troubles.
Still, I would advise cautious optimism next Monday. Take advantage of the astrological phenomenon. Use it as an example to teach the children about interplanetary movements. Use those maps from NASA for the best viewing. Just take care on the road or around crowds as you ordinarily would.
As a complete aside: some few of you may recognize the Tolkienian “cause” behind the celestial overlap. There: you get science, religion, prepping AND literature. Enjoy it.
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.