Make your plans for the total eclipse of the sun
Are you all getting ready for the August 21 total eclipse of the sun? Do you have your eclipse glasses? Are you planning a trip to the 70-mile-wide total eclipse viewing area?
This once-in-a-hundred-year event is not to be missed!
On August 21, 2017, millions of people across a 70-mile wide path crossing the United States will see nature’s most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky.
The August 21 eclipse is widely called the Great American Eclipse because it will be so accessible to so many millions of Americans. A total solar eclipse is easily the most spectacular sight in nature when the sky suddenly darkens and the most beautiful object in the sky — the Sun’s shimmering corona — becomes visible for two minutes or so. To see a total solar eclipse, we’re told, is an intensely emotional experience and a memory for a lifetime.
The eclipse crosses the continental United States, the first time in nearly a century. To see the stunning spectacle of totality, you have to be within the 60 to 70-mile-wide path that will be 100% eclipsed. The American viewing path will start in Oregon, and travel across Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina.
Check out the map at the right for statistics and estimated drive times to the 70-mile-wide 100% eclipse band.
The total eclipse in Georgia passes over the northeast corner of the state. Blairsville will experience 2 minutes of totality. Clayton is closer to the center of the path of the eclipse and enjoys 2 minutes and 35 seconds. Good Sam lists several RV campgrounds in the area – you might want to secure a spot at one of them today!
The shadow of the Moon first touches Georgia on August 21, at 2:34 p.m. EDT and leaves the state at 2:40 p.m. EDT. The shadow of the Moon passes by quickly, at 1,800 miles per hour.
Atlanta is not on the center line, so there, as well as here in Elko, near Perry, the Sun will be partially eclipsed – but still profound at about 95-97%!
The weather forecast in August for this part of Georgia is fair. For weather prognostications, visit the essential eclipse meteorology web site eclipsophile.com for the low down.
Make plans now for viewing this beautiful celestial event.
Check out this map for a list of 10 great places to view the eclipse.
There are many wide-open areas in America’s Heartland that make for excellent viewing platforms from which to witness the eclipse. If you are thinking of traveling to an RV park, hotel or Air BNB to see the eclipse, you had better get on the horn to secure an affordable reservation as many places are already sold out – even at inflated prices! There are still places available though — and whatever you have to pay, it will be worth it to view this historic event. Most eclipse aficionados insist that it really is worth it to travel to inside the total eclipse viewing band.
That said, if you live in the south, you are in a band that will show at the very least 90% of the eclipse, so you have a great seat! Here at Twin Oaks, according to the map provided by NASA, we will be comfortably in the 90-95% viewing band. We also have the special ‘Eclipse Glasses’ for viewing the eclipse for sale in our store, and we aren’t jacking up prices – so make your reservation now! We will surely have an eclipse party out in our remote field!
After the eclipse, check out the Eclipse Mega-Movie online!
“The Eclipse Megamovie Project will gather images of the 2017 total solar eclipse from over 1,000 volunteer photographers and amateur astronomers, as well as many more members of the general public. We’ll then stitch these media assets together to create an expanded and continuous view of the total eclipse as it crosses the United States.”
“The Eclipse Megamovie Project will add a new dimension to our studies of the Sun’s faint outer atmosphere – the corona. By stitching together thousands of images taken along the path of the 2017 total solar eclipse, we will have a unique treasure-trove of information on how the corona changes over time. Radio-wave studies have allowed us to closely observe very rapid variations of the corona, but now we expect to study such processes directly using visible light and thus enrich our knowledge of the Sun’s dynamic atmosphere considerably. The data gathered via the Eclipse Megamovie Project will be made available publicly and are expected to allow scientists to analyze the Sun’s corona for many years to come. Furthermore, we will have an opportunity to repeat this experiment when another total eclipse crosses the U.S. in 2024. This will show how the Sun changes over a few hours, but also how it’s different after a period of seven years.”
“Of particular interest to our team are the moments when the Sun is almost totally eclipsed and again when it is just coming out of total eclipse, when observers can view something called “the diamond ring effect.” More light from the Sun can be seen at this time through a single valley on one side of the Moon. This produces a flash of light that joins the fainter light from the corona that surrounds the Moon, thus creating something that looks like an enormous diamond ring – similar to what someone might wear on their finger. We will be able to study this effect and how it changes with time, which may also allow us to measure the size of the Sun with better precision.”
Helpful eclipse links
Click these links for a wealth of great info provided to us by NASA and others >>