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Astra’s Guide to the Total Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse across the USA!

August 21, 2017 - Total Solar Eclipse - Shared Links

Offsite links for the August 21, 2017 eclipse or general eclipse pages of interest

So you want to know more?

On this page Astra's shares links to some of the best sites for eclipse information as well as the August 21, 2017 eclipse. For information on events or circumstances of a specific state in the U.S.A. for the August total solar eclipse use the Where to Observe the August 21 Total Solar Eclipse Page. Remember there is nothing like first hand experience of totality. To ensure that you experience the total solar eclipse be prepared to change your plans if necessary. Please be sure to use adequate protection for the Sun's harmful rays.

Astra hopes that you are blessed with clear, open skies to see the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017!

Major Eclipse Pages

NASA Eclipse Site - the goto page for all eclipses, provides detailed maps

Solar Eclipse across America - American Astronomical Society
Eclipsophile - by Jay Anderson and Jennifer West
EclipseWise - predictions for solar and lunar eclipses
National Eclipse Website - multiple organizations sponsor this great site

Mr. Eclipse - the ultimate resource for eclipse photography

August 21, 2017 Specific Eclipse Pages

EclipseWise: Total Eclipse of the Sun: August 21, 2017 - by Fred Espenak

Eclipse expert Fred Espanek offers a complete page for this eclipse including astronomical data, state-by-state maps and eclipse circumstances weather, interactive media and more. Mr. Espenak is one of the authors of Eclipse 2017 reviewed here at Astra's.

Eclipsophile: America’s Eclipse

This site provides climate and weather for celestial events and can help to determine what the weather will be in your state or the state where you want to setup for the total solar eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Path through the United States

This site provides much information about the Great American Total Solar Eclipse and shows in detail the event from each state in the U.S.A. These maps were quite helpful in the preparation of Astra's Guide. Each state has its own page and major cities in the umbral path can enter their own information. This is the must- go-to-place for eclipse observers to post and find information on state events.

U.S. Naval Observatory 2017 August 21 Total Solar Eclipse - USNO

The Astronomical Applications Department created this page to generate local circumstances for the 2017 eclipse. The site also sponsors a link to a map from Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office (HMNAO), that includes local circumstances, animations, and diagrams about the eclipse for selected US cities.

Great American Eclipse is published by Michael Zeiler and Polly White

American Eclipse USA - published by Jay Ryan

Mr. Ryan is a highly accomplished astronomy cartoonist. His graphic educational works were published on Astra's Stargate in the early days (i.e. last millennium) and later in Sky & Telescope magazine. Check educator's link below for free content Mr. Ryan offers to educators on the total solar eclipse 2017.

Solar Eclipse Across America - American Astronomical Society

A complete August 21, 2017 eclipse site from America's professional astronomers association

Guide to the Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017- Sky & Telescope Magazine

Sky & Tel has provided some good information and projects for the August 21 eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21 in the U.S.A. or airborne - by Xavier M. Jubier,

Mr. Jubier has provided some really cool internet content including an Eclipse simulation using Solar Eclipse Maestro

2017 Eclipse: Path across the United States on August 21 - World Travel Photos and Comments

This site contains a great narrative of the details of the Great American Total Eclipse of 2017 from David Harrington. Astra highly recommends this to anyone who wants a good overview of the umbral path and local circumstances. Also note that Mr. Harrington highly encourages everyone near the umbral path to take the time to plan a visit to a site *on* the umbral path. Click on the link: [Show as Slideshow] and wait for David's Narration to begin. (about 8 minutes)

Starry Trails by Suzie Dills

Starry Trails website special August edition with Total Solar eclipse coverage. Visit or download the pdf for August 2017 here.

NASA Total Solar Eclipse Pages

Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21

NASA’s interactive Google map shows the path of the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21.

Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

NASA's Experience the 2017 Aug 21 eclipse page

NASA's Solar Eclipse Safty page

Please be careful when observing the eclipse, eye damage is permanent. Astra also recommends sun screen and hats. Please check that your paper glasses are ISO 12312-2 compliant as recommended by the US space agency!

Total Solar Eclipse Content Worthy of Review

Projection Methods

Presented by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) some recommended projection methods

Safety comes first! Never look at the sun directly. Use safe methods with caution.

Xavier Jubier Eclipse Maps and Google

Interactive Google Map courtesy of Xavier Jubier has pages for eclipse images, sells eclipse glasses and a guest book.

Total eclipse of sun: August 21, 2017 - Earth and Sky

A comprehensive article written by Fred Espenak for the EarthSky site. Also find links to purchase Mr. Espenak's eclipse publications.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Path through the United States

Single page reviews the total eclipse path

Blogs by the Local Group at Astronomy Magazine - posted August 2014 by Michael Bakich

25 facts you should know about the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse
Two dozen tips for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse

See the American Eclipse - Path of Totality - from the GreatAmericanEclipse

A unique web presentation that takes the visitor on a tour of the path of totality and the Great American Eclipse

Tips for Preparing for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

Eclipse and Travel planning from

Total Eclipse of the Sun - August 21, 2017 – USA

A youtube video, it’s short but shows how the eclipse will progress across the US. Play time: 24 seconds

Educator's Links

Eclipse Resources - download materials from NASA

Generation Eclipse at the American Eclipse USA - Free!

Generation Eclipse is a free educational comic strip feature by Jay Ryan, in the style of his SkyWise astronomy comic strip.

What Is a Total Solar Eclipse? - from

This site provides a good explanation of eclipse basics.

What Is a Total Solar Eclipse? - from

This site provides a good explanation of eclipse basics.

On-line Event Calendars

2017 Solar Eclipse Events - NASA

This takes you directly to a form where you can enter your event

A Page for Every Community! -

From this entry point, find your city on the state page to enter your event

Submit Your Event or Activity - American Astronomical Society -

Form for submitting your event

Sky & Telescope - Astronomy Events Calendar

Use this link: Website registration to register and submit an event.

Offline Resources

Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse - a book by Michael E. Bakich

Use the link to buy this publication at

Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21by Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson

Astra saved the best for last because this eclipse bulletin was invaluable for creating these pages. There is a review of this publication written by Astra. Click to read the review.

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Share your Experiences and Dreams @ Astra's Star Gate

Astra loves collaborations with eclipse chasers, amateur astronomers, and others. Send in your links or provide information that can be incorporated into Astra's Guide to the Total Solar Eclipse August 2017. Each state has its own section and we will be happy to include your event on our site if appropriate. Use our contact page for mailing information.

- - TIA, Astra.

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