I will be posting more about the Great American Eclipse of 2017 this summer. To start off with, NASA has made some [great maps] of where the total eclipse will be visible from:
> On August 21, 2017, the moon will pass between Earth and the sun in a total solar eclipse that will be visible on a path from Oregon to South Carolina across the continental United States. This path of totality will occur in a little over 90 minutes, while observers on the ground will see the eclipse for about two and a half minutes. Standing at the edge of the moon’s shadow, or umbra, the difference between seeing a total eclipse and a partial eclipse comes down to elevation – mountains and valleys both on Earth and on the moon – which affect where the shadow lands. In this visualization, data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter account for the moon’s terrain that creates a jagged edge on its shadow. This data is then combined with elevation data on Earth as well as information on the sun angle to create the most accurate map of the eclipse path to date. Watch the video to learn more.
NASA also has downloadable, detailed [state maps] of the eclipse path.
[kottke]: http://kottke.org/17/06/nasas-super-accurate-map-of-the-2017-eclipse “NASA’s super accurate map of the 2017 eclipse”
[great maps]: https://nasaviz.gsfc.nasa.gov/12458 “Shadow of the Eclipse”
[state maps]: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-maps “NASA Eclipse Maps”