​Where and When in 2017

You mean that you haven't heard that the US will have it's first total solar eclipse in decades?  Well, read on.  I will try to bring you up to date.

I am by no means an astronomer of any type or expert in these matters.  I just enjoy looking at the night sky and trying to identify the different stars and constellations that I can see from my back yard.

In February 1979 I was working in southwest Wyoming.  On that day I was welding in the shop at work.  I had stopped to take a break and looked outside the shop door.  Everything looked weird! The sky and surrounding area was darker that what it should have been.  There was not a cloud in the sky, but everything had shadows that seemed to "shimmer".  I walked outside the shop and looked up at the sun.  I had my welding helmet on and was treated to my first glimpse of a solar eclipse!

The area of Wyoming that I was in was not in the umbra of the eclipse, but close enough to it to be in a partial eclipse of approximately 70%.

From this date on I knew that one of the things on my "Bucket List" was to see a total eclipse of the sun. 

On August 21, 2017 we will be treated to a solar eclipse that will pass over the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.  The page titled "Eclipse Links" page has several maps to show you where you want to be when this happens!

I personally plan on being in Wyoming on August 21, 2017.  Lots of open spaces and it is typically one of the nicest times of the summer.  Good weather with no clouds.



Up until the time that the moon totally eclipses the sun, you can damage your eyes by looking at the sun.  It doesn't matter that the sun is partially blocked by the moon, the exposed portion of the sun still shines as brightly as ever!

Buy yourself and those watching the eclipse with you a pair of "Eclipse Glasses".  These glasses are very inexpensive and will save your eyes.   Once the sun is totally eclipsed you can remove the glasses and take in all of the wonders of a total eclipse.

​I already have my glasses ready to go!