More about the Eclipse

More about the Eclipse


Wondering how (and when) the Eclipse will affect you?

Times for the partial or total phases of the eclipse vary depending on your location; only a small oval of the Earth is directly in the Moon’s shadow at any given time. Below you will find a table of eclipse times for several cities on or near the path of totality.

For a more complete view of the eclipse path, including local times and extent of the eclipse at your location, this interactive map may be helpful.


What exactly is a solar eclipse?

This short video shows the Moon passing between the Sun and the Earth, casting a thin shadow over the North American continent. It also includes several visualizations of the shadow’s path across the United States and what the extent of the partial eclipse those outside the path of totality will be able to view. For text of the video’s narration, as well as more information on the source materials used to make the video, please visit Goddard Media Studios' page on visualizing the 2017 all-American eclipse.


What are some common misconceptions about eclipses?

This video, prepared by the Fiske Planetarium, answers several common questions about the eclipse and includes helpful information about how to view total and partial eclipses safely. The video also discusses how to organize a local eclipse viewing event and get the word out so people will attend.


Want to know more about the Sun?

This solar eclipse page from UCAR has loads of information on the different regions and features of the Sun’s surface, the layers of the Sun’s atmosphere, and all sorts of things that happen every day that we only get a chance to see (with our eyes) during a total solar eclipse. Also included are several interactive activities and games exploring different features of the Sun and the solar eclipse, along with information for teachers and links to more information.