Solar Eclipse Update

A total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States on August 21, 2017. In this video, NASA’s Ernie Wright explains the visualization he created of the eclipse's path across the country.

In this visualization, data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter account for the moon's terrain that creates a jagged edge on its shadow. This data is then combined with elevation data on Earth as well as information on the sun angle to create the most accurate map of the eclipse path to date.

(YouTube link)

The Eclipse Megamovie 2017 is an animation that shows how the sun and moon will interact at different locations. Input the town where you plan to watch the eclipse, and remember that I'll be in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. You can study an eclipse map for your state here.

If you can get to eastern Oregon, Atlas Obscura is throwing a two-day eclipse watching party.

-via Kottke


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I grew up in NY and was 6 years old. My mom closed all the curtains and completely darkened the house. I wasn't allowed to go out and under orders to not even look out the window. She didn't want me to go blind. . . The only memory I have is sneaking onto the couch and trying to peak out the window.
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A number hotels in Eastern Oregon and on the Oregon coast cancelled reservations and jacked up the rates once they realized how many people will be traveling here to watch the eclipse.
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