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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Save the Date! 21 AUG 2017

That’s when a TOTAL solar eclipse will happen over a swath thru the middle of the US!

Roughly from South Carolina thru to Portland, OR day will become night for a few minutes.

And get this… “The longest duration of totality will be 2 minutes 40 seconds at 36°58.5′N 87°39.3′W / 36.975°N 87.655°W / 36.975; -87.655 in Christian County, Kentucky just northwest of Hopkinsville, Kentucky.” That’s just up the road from here!!

But even better for me… it also goes directly thru my home town in MO (top left of the map).  Little Bird and Little Hoss… be ready to party with your Auntie Teri and Uncle Himself that day! We have 7 years to plan this party! ;-)

A partial solar eclipse will be seen from the much broader path of the Moon's penumbra, including all of North America, northern South America, western Europe, and Africa.

Plus a bonus: “The path of this eclipse crosses the upcoming path of the total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024, with the intersection of the two paths being in southern Illinois in Makanda just south of Carbondale. A small land area, including the cities of Carbondale, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Paducah, Kentucky, will thus experience two total solar eclipses within a span of fewer than seven years.


  1. When I saw this, I got so excited and perplexed - why hadn't I heard about this until today???!!!! I'm right smack dab in the middle of the path and I don't find out about it until the day it's happening??!!

    That's when I rechecked your title and found I've still got a wait...of seven years. Save the date, indeed!

  2. I remember the one that happened in the early 60s when I was a kid here in a small town in Maine. Still remember people filling up tubs of water to watch the reflection in and those little bars of what looked like black glass to look through. Now I'm wondering if this was the same thing or not, I don't remember it getting dark. Hmmmm ~Lili

  3. Wow, that's really something. Cool, huh? You did a great job on your shed, too.


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