On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from the contiguous United States for the first time since 1979. The track of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in the Pacific Ocean and crosses the nation from west to east through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. Inside the 70-mile-wide path of totality, the Moon will completely cover the Sun as the landscape is plunged into an eerie twilight and the Sun's glorious corona is revealed for nearly 3 minutes. Outside the narrow shadow track, a partial eclipse will be visible from all of North America.
Get ready for this incredible event with the indispensable 156-page guide: Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21.
The total eclipse of the Sun is the most spectacular event in all of Nature! Few people have ever witnessed one, but once seen it is an experience never to be forgotten. The Moon's dark shadow plunges you into an eerie twilight and the Sun's mysterious and incredibly beautiful corona is revealed.
The following links offer an introduction to this awe inspiring phenomenon:
Retired NASA astrophysicist, author, photographer and eclipse expert Fred Espenak is now available to speak at your meeting, conference, event, or star party.
Fred has been invited to speak on eclipses in venues around the world. Targeted at a general public audience, Fred's talks capture his passion and excitement about eclipses and astronomy.
With the growing interest in the upcoming 2017 total eclipse through the USA, the demand for speakers on this event is increasing quickly.
See Public Lectures and Speaking Engagements for more information.
Lunar eclipses have a unique beauty all their own. Vist the following links to learn more about them and enjoy the photographs!
An eclectic collection of eclipse related special features is found below. Enjoy!
The next total eclipse of the Sun is on 2016 March 9. The path passes through exotic Sumatra and Indonesia. MrEclipse.com and Spears Travel are organizing a trip to view this eclipse from Holland America's M/S Volendamn. Please visit Spears Astronomy Travel for more information.
Departing from Singapore aboard Holland America's M/S Verdamn on March 1 and returning March 17. Plenty of opportunities for optional sightseeing in Indonesia. On March 9 the Sun's spectacular corona will be revealed for 2 minutes and 45 seconds (weather permitting)!
Summary of Itinerary: Singapore | At Sea | Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Indonesia | Semarang, Java, Indonesia | At Sea | Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia | At Sea | Ujung Padang, Indonesia | Makasar Strait / Solar Eclipse,Indonesia | At Sea | Komodo Island, Indonesia | Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia | Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia | At Sea | At Sea | Singapore | SingaporeVisit Spears Travel for details on our exciting 16-day itinerary and reserve your spot.
For more on the 2016 total solar eclipse visit the EclipseWise Web Site.
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