Nasa eclipse map 2017. The road atlas for the total solar eclipse of 2017 contains a comprehensive series of 37 high resolution maps of the path of totality across the usa. The solar eclipse of august 21 2017 dubbed the great american eclipse by the media was a total solar eclipse visible within a band that spanned the entire contiguous united states passing from the pacific to the atlantic coasts. Total eclipse of the sun. Skywatchers on the american continent today are in for a special astronomical treat.
An eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. On monday august 21 a total solar eclipse will traverse this continent from coast to coastfor the first time in 99 years and then take its leave of the us. 2017 august 21 global circumstances and animation. Front row seats to a total solar eclipse.
The diagrams to the right show the alignment of the sun moon and earth during a solar eclipse. Road atlas for the total solar eclipse of 2017. Right here on our shores. During a total solar eclipse the skies darken suddenly and the air gets noticeably colder facing by about 10of 55oc says fred espenak a famed eclipse expert and retired nasa astrophysicist.
The dark gray region between the moon and earth is the umbra where the sun is completely obscured by the moon.