The much-awaited cosmic event, the Total Solar Eclipse has almost arrived. The great Monday Eclipse will take place on 21st August 2017 with all of North America watch the Moon obscure the Sun. While 14 states completely fall in the Path of Totality, others countries will be treated to the partial eclipse. Total Solar Eclipse 2017 is not visible in India but still has a strong connection. The totality will be best seen from a small city called Madras which coincidentally shares the old name of Chennai, the capital of South Indian state Tamil Nadu. The Madras which falls in the epicentre of the Path of Totality 2017 is a small Central Oregon town of the USA. Millions of viewers can catch a glimpse of the Great American Solar Eclipse which will occur for short duration time of 2 minutes and 40 seconds. There is a lot of excitement among astronomers and sky gazers. Hence a complete 2017 Total Solar Eclipse schedule with city-wise timings and best locations are provided to steer clear your confusion. 21st August 2017 Solar Eclipse is Sign of Apocalypse? 5 Times World End Date Predictions Were Made But Thankfully Failed.

According to the Wikipedia definition, A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the Sun’s, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth’s surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide. Solar Eclipse 2017 Date and Time: Where and How to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse in Canada and US.

Taking place in the North America, it is touted to be a rare celestial occurrence as US states will witness an eclipse of the sun for the first time in 99 years (last taking place in 1918). The Total Solar Eclipse will start in the Pacific Ocean and reach the northern Oregon coast just after 9 am on Monday. The path of totality will touch 14 United States states (although a partial eclipse will be visible in all fifty states). Madras, a city in Jefferson County, Oregon, United States, falls in the path of totality and has been preparing for over six months to catch the best view of the eclipse of the sun. Ready For August 21 Total Solar Eclipse? Watch Video of How Does A Solar Eclipse Look like From Space.


According to, the first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT. Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.  The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT.  From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT.  Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds. Solar Eclipse Glasses Vital to Safely Watch Total Solar Eclipse on August 21: How To Make This Safety Accessory.

Despite the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 being a spectacular natural occurrence, the time duration to catch a glimpse of it is not long enough. The moon will completely cover the disk of the sun for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The shadow of the moon will move from west to east, totality will occur later in the day the farther east you travel. According to the with the date available from NASA, below is the schedule listing the moment of mid-totality and the duration of totality for a handful of cities that lie close to the center of the path.

Check City Wise Schedule of Total Solar Eclipse 2017

CityEclipse BeginsTotality BeginsTotality EndsEclipse EndsTime Zone
Madras, Oregon09:06 am10:19 am10:21 am11:41 amPDT
Idaho Falls, Idaho10:15 am11:33 am11:34 am12:58 amMDT
Casper, Wyoming10:22 am11:42 am11:45 am01:09 amMDT
Lincoln, Nebraska11:37 am01:02 pm01:04 pm02:20 pmCDT
Jefferson City, Missouri11:46 am01:13 pm01:15 pm02:29 pmCDT
Carbondale, Illinois11:52 am01:20 pm01:22 pm02:47 pmCDT
Paducah, Kentucky11:54 am01:22 pm01:24 pm02:49 pmCDT
Nashville, Tennessee11:58 am01:27 pm01:29 pm02:54 pmCDT
Clayton, Georgia01:06 pm02:35 pm02:38 pm04:01 pmEDT
Columbia, South Carolina01:03 pm02:41 pm02:44 pm04:06 pmEDT

According to the stats made available, more than 12 million Americans live inside the path of totality. The 14 states across the US will experience a total solar eclipse with more than two minutes of darkness casting in the middle of the dat. More than half of the country that live within 400 miles of it will also experience the once-in-a lifetime celestial event when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth become perfectly aligned. Millions are travel to the cities along the path of totality to catch the phenomenon. Happy viewing Total Solar Eclipse 2017 to everyone at Madras (Oregon of US and not Chennai of India) with all precautionary glasses and equipment. (Edited By: Rashmi Mishra).