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Where to see the "Great Solar Eclipse", a unique event in this century

Where to see the

The passage of the New Moon will eclipse the rays of the Sun in its entirety, and will darken the sky especially in a border area between Kentucky and Tennessee of the United States, where the climactic event occurs that lasts 2 minutes, at 18 hours 25 minutes and 31 , 8 seconds, of the UT international time system.

The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 in turn will also be visible in other places in the United States, in its different phases from Penumbral to almost Total, to then return to its Penumbral phase, only if it is observed from a narrow area that it crosses like a corridor to North America.

The first shadow of the Moon will also produce a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region that covers most of North America, including Mexico.

Moonwalk Strip

According to NASA, the Moon will begin to dull the rays of the Sun when it is located in front of the north of the Pacific Ocean. At this time we speak of Penumbral Eclipse.

As the Moon begins to cover more of the Sun, its rotational movement causes the shadow to form a threshold partial eclipse and then a total eclipse.

The Moon during these phases of the eclipse crosses the US from west to east through a limited strip that passes through the following states:

  • Oregon, Idaho (very small area),
  • Montana (very small area),
  • Wyoming,
  • Nebraska,
  • Kansas,
  • Iowa,
  • Missouri, where it is somewhat closer to the total solar eclipse
  • Illinois, where it is closest to the Total Solar Eclipse


The total solar eclipse will be visible in:

  • Kentucky the Moon achieves the total solar Eclipse
  • then follow its passage through Tennessee,

The solar eclipse continues its partial Threshold and Penumbral phase by

  • North Carolina ,
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina

Great total solar eclipse zone:

If you want to observe the Great Total Solar Eclipse in its splendor, you need to locate yourself at the following coordinates at the precise hour 18: 25: 31.8 UT


  • Latitude = 36 ° 58.0'North
  • Longitude = 087 ° 40.3’West

Corresponds to the area east of the Kentucky Lakes Recreation Area, between Princeton and Hopkinsville. South of Madisonville, of Kentucchi, and north of Clarksville of Tennessee.

At those times the Sun will have an altitude of 63.9 ° and an Azimuth of 197.9 °

The duration of the eclipse is 2 minutes 40.1s

In this central zone of the eclipse, the event will begin its Penumbral level at 15:48, UT time and then it will begin to cover the Sun at 18:11, to leave the Sun at 18:39 and go back to the Penumbral level until end the event at 21:04.

Visibility in the rest of North America

The other terrestrial coordinates that do not correspond to the passage of the Moon can see a partial solar eclipse.

NASA established the coordinates of the passage of the Moon that can be seen here.

He also illustrated the maps of the strip in which it will be best visible during the passage through the different States from west to east, here.

Last solar eclipses of America

The United States had its previous great total solar eclipse on February 26, 1979, and an annular solar eclipse on May 10, 1994.

Canada recorded a total solar eclipse on July 10, 1972, and on July 20, 1963. Mexico in turn had its last total solar eclipse on March 7, 1970, and on June 11, 1991.

Upcoming solar eclipses of great interest

A great total solar eclipse event will live in Mexico in 7 years, when the sky will darken on April 8, 2024.

The southeastern United States will have its next total solar eclipse on May 11, 2078.

For their part, the citizens of Central America and the Caribbean will enjoy an annular solar eclipse - where the corona of rays is seen around a smaller Moon, on October 14, 2023, and on January 23, 2028.

In South America, this will occur on September 6, 2027, with an excellent view from Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.

In Antarctica the total solar eclipse will be enjoyed on December 4, 2021; in Iceland on August 12, 2026 and in the Middle East on August 2, 2027.

The Epoch Times


Video: Countdown to Solar Eclipse 2017 (July 2021).