Are you ready for the Great American Eclipse of 2017?
I am stoked to be heading to Charleston, SC for it, which is in the so-called Path of Totality (where the sun will be entirely blocked out by the moon). Other cities in the Path of Totality include:
Jefferson City, Missouri
Columbia, South Carolina
If you’re wondering what the eclipse will look like from your location, the website timeanddate.com includes an amazing tool which shows you. You can find it HERE.
Here are some screenshots of what the eclipse will look like from cities all over the world. Note that these screen shots are taken from at the point of the Maximum Eclipse in each city.
Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina (where I’ll be viewing the eclipse from)
New York City
For fun, I also wanted to see what the Great American Eclipse – named because the Path of Totality will be cutting a path directly through America – would look like from cities outside of the U.S. (particularly in Canada, and Central and South America, as my understanding is it won’t be visible outside of these regions).
Do you have amazing eclipse plans? Let me know in the comments!
One of my travel goals of 2017 was to visit Charleston, South Carolina – not only because it was named the Best City in the World by Travel + Leisure in 2016, but because a good friend (and fellow remote worker) lives on Sullivan’s Island, a short ride from downtown Charleston, and he’s been trying to get me to visit.
Admittedly, I didn’t know about the 2017 total solar eclipse, which will take place on August 21st, until this morning. As I was delaying getting out of bed, I was reading the news and not only learned about the eclipse, but also about the path of totality – where the sun will be entirely blocked by the moon – which will extend from Oregon to South Carolina.
The “path of totality” sounds pretty metal, and I knew immediately I wanted to be in it. After doing some research, I found out that Charleston (particularly north of the city) is on the path, reached out to my friend, and booked my ticket. I also discovered that this is the first total solar eclipse since 1979 and that the next one won’t be until 2024 (going from Texas to Maine). The total time in darkness in Charleston will last around 2 minutes and will take place around 2:47pm local time.
A list of the best places to view the 2017 Great American Eclipse can be found here.
I’m a little nervous about the weather, particularly as it’s hurricane season and will be hot/humid, but I figure even if it’s cloudy/stormy, it will still be pretty awesome to experience darkness in the middle of the day. This seemed like too cool of an opportunity to pass up; if you’re anywhere near the path of totality, you should try and check it out!