A line of spectral darkness, a total eclipse of the sun, will sweep dramatically across the USA on August the 21st 2017. This path, called the ‘umbral shadow’ will travel across 14 states starting at Lincoln City, Oregon, at 9:05 in the morning PDT (local time). The last eclipse of this magnitude that crossed the entire contiguous United States was in 1918, nearly a century ago.

Even if you are not into science, this is not a time to go ‘pfffft……..‘ that is so not a cool thing to do.  This is a major astronomical event affecting millions of people, so appreciate the experience for what it is, an amazing and exciting moment.

Total Eclipse USA TOP TIPS

  • To look at a solar eclipse you need to take safety precautions – your sight is at risk if you do not. See NASA Safety.
  • Order your ISO 12312-2 compliant protective glasses now. Amazon Smile* have a 5 pack and a 10pk here to split with friends or check with your local science museums. Then arm yourself with an eclipse map for your area.
  • Be prepared. A lot of people will be coming a long way to experience this. Many from around the world.

Total Eclipse Extra TIps

  • Check for one of the many official eclipse viewing spots or, if you have local knowledge, head for a spot you know you will get a clear sky view from.
  • You will need those ISO 12312-2 compliant glasses to catch the diamond ring effect, also knows as Baily’s Beads.
  • If you want full on crush ’em down information then check Nasa’s Eclipse Site. The amount of information here is immense, from the easy to follow graphics for us cats, to the technical stuff astronomy buffs will dive deep into. Go nowhere else – NASA is the place to be.
  • There will be a NASA Livestream on the day – check the website.

A Note for Epileptic Pets Owners During the Total Eclipse

Our doggy buds at FiveSibes™ have a great post “Preparing Your Epi-Dog For The Solar Eclipse” http://bit.ly/2wQOyMF While it is dog focused it contains a lot of valuable information that might apply to a kitty in the same position.

Thankful Thursday

The total eclipse will end in Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. EDT. The lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 p.m. EDT. Even if you are not along the line of shadow a partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United States.

We are thankful that we may be able to share the experience with our friends, thanks to online converage like the livestream at NASA, or other online events, and we hope our friends, including Brian and his family are able to enjoy the eclipse too. Will you be watching the amazing eclipse?

Silver Kitten
Total Eclipse USA Watcher

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    Erin the Cat, Princess

    August 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Wow, it sure will be a great and special day for folks on the 21st, something to live in memory for those that see it. Love the page background to your post too, adds lots of flavour to it…. not nip though. MOL


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    Lone Star Cats

    August 10, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    We’re only going to see a parshul eclipse where we are, but it should be really cool!


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    Zoe and Raja

    August 10, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    We are in the Path Of Totality, and are totally Psyched. Guests are coming in from California and Washington to see it, and we just accumulated three more. Big Eclipse Partay happening at our house. And the weather report is positive so darn.
    Zoe and Raja


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    August 10, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    We are bummed we are way far from the full eclipse. When my human was a child, she learned how to watch an eclipse by poking a pin hole in a piece of cardboard and letting the light shine through on a piece of paper. A shadow would go over the disc of light on the paper as the eclipse happened.


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    Roby Sweet

    August 10, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    We’re supposed to have about 85% of totality where we are. Not as exciting as totality, but we are still looking forward to it!


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    The Swiss Cats

    August 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks for the reminder ! It’s school beginning for hundreds of pupils here, and it’s going to be so cool for Claire and her new pupils to follow the Nasa livestream : an amazing first school day ! Purrs


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    Lisa Bishop

    August 11, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Thanks for this informative post! I am fortunate to be in the line of “totality”. The local university starts fall semester on the 21st but is cancelling all classes from noon to 2 p.m. and there are going to be watch parties throughout the community – and on my deck. I am really anxious to see how my kitty, Patches, handles the 1 minute 40 secs of darkness!


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      Dash Kitten

      August 11, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Oh wow – excitement must be building!!


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    Brian Frum

    August 11, 2017 at 12:52 am

    We think that is darn cool. We are in the prime viewing path here. People have rented out their houses and you can’t get a hotel room for at least 90 miles away. Great post! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!


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    Ellen Pilch

    August 11, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Thank you for all these facts. It doesn’t go through my state of Massachusetts.


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      Dash Kitten

      August 11, 2017 at 10:39 am

      You will see a partial eclipse – how much depends on how far you are from totality. The NASA map is super helpful finding this out.


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    August 11, 2017 at 5:31 am

    We are not traveling to the total area, but we are in lower southern MI, where we will have about 80% darkened. We think it will be like when there are heavy storm clouds covering the sunlight…and we have ‘seen’ some other partial eclipses. All awesome indeed!


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    Little Binky and Granny

    August 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Those are amazing pictures and can’t wait to see it…on tele, as we don’t have such beautiful eclipses in our Country. We once had a solar eclips in the garden, but that was about 20 years ago. It was magnificent though. Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 <3


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    August 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    We will get a 70% eclipse, which is pretty cool even if it’s not complete. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing all these cool facts, guys!


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    August 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

    We are going to be in the line of “totality” here. Mom says she is not excited about the amount of people that will be flooding the area to get a glimpse but she is excited to witness a piece of history. Hope everyone stays safe!

    Purrs from Mia and Mosby, Angel Cosmo and Angel CJ (and their human)


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