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Solar Eclipse 2017

Highlights information on the total Solar Eclipse of August 2017

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An event nearly 100 years in the making will occur on August 21, 2017. Follow the tabs on this guide to discover information about the upcoming Eclipse, and to explore the phenomena scientifically, as well as myths and legends associated with an eclipse. 

2017 Total Eclipse in Georgia - Fun Facts

  • The average width of the path of totality is 71.5 miles across Georgia.
  • The central line covers a distance of 12 miles across Georgia.
  • The average central line duration of totality is 2 minutes 38 seconds across Georgia.
  • The average speed of the Moon's shadow is 1456 mph across Georgia.
  • Before 2017, the last two total solar eclipses visible from Georgia were on 1970 Mar 07 and 1900 May 28.
  • After 2017, the next two total solar eclipses visible from Georgia will be on 2045 Aug 12 and 2052 Mar 30.

Help Scientists Collect Data During the Eclipse! 

There are several Citizen Science Projects that will be up and running during the Eclipse. As your watching one of Nature's Natural Wonders, help science collect some data! Most of these can be handled by using an App, and simple observations. You can find out more by reading this brief web article!

Where will You be for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse?

total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. The event has been described as the "Great American Eclipse" as it will be visible in totality only within a band across the entire contiguous United States.[1]

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 kilometers wide.

The previous time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States was during the June 8, 1918 eclipse.


1. Fraknoi, A.; Schatz, D.; Shore, L. (2015). "The Great American Eclipse of 2017: An Outreach Opportunity and Challenge" (PDF)Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series. 500, Celebrating Science: Putting Education Best Practices to Work: 55. Retrieved July 3, 2017.

*from Wikipedia:,_2017