The stage is all set to witness the most extraordinary celestial event sighting of the year – Total Solar Eclipse 2017. It is taking place on 21st August 2017 (Monday), a rare occurring after 99 years in the United States of America when the Sun and the Moon will be aligned completely with the Earth. With 14 states falling inside the path of totality, the solar eclipse is also called the Great American Eclipse. Millions of sky gazers are enthusiastic about the cosmic event of the century which will be visible as the partial eclipse in other countries. The total eclipse begins on the West Coast just after 10 a.m. PDT and ends on the East Coast just before 3 p.m. ET. The month of August has been quite an eventful after a partial lunar eclipse on 7th followed by Perseid Meteor Shower on 12th and now the utterly mind-blowing Total Solar Eclipse when the moon will completely cover the sun for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Total Solar Eclipse 2017 to be Best Seen in Madras, But Not Visible in India? Check City Wise Schedule of This Year’s Eclipse.
The partial lunar eclipse will be visible from parts of Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia at 1820 GMT. The total solar eclipse will be watchable from coast-to-coast and the path of the eclipse stretches from Oregon to South Carolina and hundreds of Americans are gearing up to watch the natural phenomenon with proper eyewear. A total solar eclipse occurs when the shadow of the moon falls on the sun and obscures the bright sunlight allowing only the faint solar corona to be visible.
Observing solar eclipse without the correct protective eyewear is detrimental to health and the sun’s rays can cook the retinal tissue of the eye. There are some ways through which one can observe the solar eclipse like a pinhole camera or a welder’s glasses. However there are quite a few local events which you can frequent. Astronomical groups, science organizations and events are being hosted in major Canadian Cities. 21st August 2017 Solar Eclipse is Sign of Apocalypse? 5 Times World End Date Predictions Were Made But Thankfully Failed.
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Victoria Centre will be up on the Mount Tolmie from 8.30 am to 11.30 am. The University of Victoria will also be updating its site about its planned event. From 9 am to 12 pm Science World, Vancouver will hold its event with the total solar eclipse coverage from the US in the Science Theatre from 10 am to 5 pm. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Edmonton Centre’s Observatory at TELUS World of Science will be in attendance. TELUS Spark is all set to throw an eclipse party from 10 am to 1 pm and you can make your own eclipse viewer. From 10 am to 2 pm you will be able to have a look at the solar eclipse through telescopes with solar filters and not to miss mentioning the barbecue that will be available from 11 am to 1 pm for a price in Calgary. Solar Eclipse Glasses Vital to Safely Watch Total Solar Eclipse on August 21: How To Make This Safety Accessory.
The Calgary University will also have a solar eclipse viewing at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory from 10 am t 12.30 pm. The total solar eclipse begins at 10.30 am with 75% of the sun covered by moon at 11.46 am. Astronomers will be congregated at the Saskatchewan Science Centre outside the Kramer IMAX Theatre in Regina. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in Saskatoon will set up telescopes to see the solar eclipse at London Drugs at Preston Avenue and 8 St. E. 70% of the sun covered by moon can be seen from the Manitoba Museum from 11 am to 2 pm in Winnipeg. Partial eclipse can be seen from solar telescopes. Ready For August 21 Total Solar Eclipse? Watch Video of How Does A Solar Eclipse Look like From Space.
About 70% of the sun will be blocked out at Toronto. The Ontario Science Centre has an all day itinerary. York University is holding an event from 1 pm to 4 pm at Lions Stadium. The Toronto University is holding an eclipse party at Princess Margaret Stadium at the CNE from 10 am to 5 pm. And will also be giving out free eclipse glasses. There is no entry fee but the attendees will need to pay admission to CNE grounds. Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa will be holding an event where an astrophysicist will share discourse about the sun. McGill University in Montreal will give free eclipse glasses and live stream the solar eclipse. The event runs from 1 pm to 4 pm. A viewing party at Espace pour la vie is organized at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium in Montreal. The Saint John Astronomy Club has two venues for the viewing of the solar eclipse Irving nature Park and the Rockwood Park Bark Park.
The solar eclipse path of totality will begin at Lincoln City, Oregon into Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and, finally, South Carolina. The eclipse will last longest near Carbondale, Illinois in US for minutes and 44 seconds. The Corballis campus of Oregon State University will host the OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience. It is a weekend long celebration, a watch party will also be hosted on the campus. At Madras, Oregon a four-day Solarfest will be organized at two locations. Symbiosis Gathering will be hosting a global eclipse gathering and the Orgeon Museum of Science and Industry will host an event at the Orgeon State Fairgrounds. Brigham Young University, Idaho is slated to offer series of eclipse related educational events.
The Astronomical League, an alliance of amateur astronomy clubs in Casper, Wyoming will hold its annual Astrocon Conference along with other public events. Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn Nebraska will be holding an eclipse viewing event sharing safety tips from Lifetime Vision Center. In Grand Island, Nebraska, Stuhr Museum will host an eclipse viewing event including the launch of a NASA eclipse observing balloon. Lathrop in Missouri will celebrate its 150th anniversary with an eclipse festival. An educational program featuring NASA Glenn Research Center Hall of Famer Lynn Bondurant will happen at Parkville, Missouri.
Carbondale, Illinois in US is calling itself the Eclipse Crossroads of America since it will have the longest solar eclipse and many events are scheduled to take place here. Southern Illinois University will sponsor many eclipse related events including the two day Crossroads Astronomy, Science and Technology Expo, and viewing at Saluki Stadium. University of Illinois’s Astronomy Department at Goreville will be holding the viewing of the solar eclipse. Jefferson Davis State Historic Site at Hopkinsville, Kentucky will hold a four-day eclipse festival. Many events are also going to be organized at Tennessee. Austin Peay State University will present several educational events, including an appearance by astronaut Rhea Seddon. Tennessee Technological University will host a solar eclipse viewing party at Tucker Stadium. Cookville will host special events from Saturday to Monday.
Nashville, Tennessee is the largest city in the path of totality and is offering many special events such as Music City Eclipse Science & Technology Festival at the Adventure Science Center. The Italian Lights Festival is hosting the largest Eclipse Viewing Party in Nashville which is a free NASA-Certified Eclipse Event held at the Bicentennial Mall and will have two astrophysicists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Bryson City in North Carolina is offering planetarium shows and rides on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) in Rosman, North Carolina will be hosting a viewing event. Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke will appear at the four days educational event being held at South Carolina State Museum, in Columbia, South Carolina. Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina will include streaming coverage from NASA and educational activities. If you miss this total solar eclipse then the next one that will occur in US will occur on April 8, 2024. (Edited By – Vandana Srivastawa).