Many people have seen the solar eclipse 2017 maps by now that show the path of the phenomenon but are still wondering how specifically it will affect their own community and when.
That’s especially true for people who live in the areas of the United States that will experience a partial, not total eclipse. How much of the eclipse will you see?
Luckily, there are ways you can get detailed information by looking up information on the solar eclipse by zip code and city name. Here are two good ones:
The Courier Journal newspaper has developed an easy-to-use interactive map that allows you to enter your zip code or city name into the search bar and generate detailed information about the solar eclipse in your area. You can access it here.
The path of totality won’t touch all states. For most communities, you will receive a percentage less than 100%, which represents what percentage of the sun will be covered by the moon during the solar eclipse 2017.
TimeandDate.com has a zip code search for the eclipse. Just go to this site and type your zip code into the search bar and you will get detailed information on the eclipse in your area. You can also search by city name if you prefer.
You can also use the Eclipse Map created by TimeandDate.com. It allows you to type in your location to get more information about the eclipse in your area. “You can select any location to see when the eclipse starts and ends, and how much of the Sun is obscured there,” the site reports.
Out of curiosity, we typed in Chicago. We were told that Chicago will see a “partial solar eclipse visible (86.71% coverage of Sun). Magnitude: 0.8891. Duration:2 hours, 48 minutes, 18 seconds. Partial begins:Aug 21 at 11:54:19 am. Maximum:Aug 21 at 1:19:47 pm. Partial ends:Aug 21 at 2:42:37 pm.”
Pretty specific! You can even click on an animated demonstration.
According to Space.com, “The total solar eclipse will cross from Oregon to South Carolina along a 70-mile-wide (110 kilometer) “path of totality.” In North America, people outside of the path of totality will see a partial solar eclipse. Totality will last, at most, about 2 minutes and 40 seconds at the center of the path, so bad weather could potentially block the main event.”