Total Solar Eclipse!
We are days away from the big event. On Monday, August 21, the continental United States will enjoy its first total solar eclipse since February 26, 1979. It will also be the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. A number of websites has helpful information about where to go, what you can see, etc. Unfortunately the time is passed for planning as hotels and venues are booked solid but some advance planning can help you to rendezvous with the shadow on Eclipse Day.
From Prairie View, Texas, the solar eclipse is partial and it begins on Monday August 21 at 11:44 am. Maximum eclipse (73%) is at 1:14 pm, and the eclipse ends at 2:44 pm.
To get the exact times for your exact location check out http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/Eclipse2017.php
Websites that have more information on the event itself:
These websites have lots of information on how to safely view the eclipse, what to expect, the times and magnitude of the eclipse for many sites, and more. If you are interested in this event you should plan how you are going to safely watch it, purchase the materials (usually a pair of eclipse glasses is sufficient), and plan the observations. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
There are a few useful sites to get weather updates for your location. One site, www.weather.gov, is an excellent site, where you can type in your city and get the 7 day forecast. There are also cloud forecast sites like http://skippysky.com.au/NorthAmerica/ that provide graphical forecasts for cloud cover and more for your region. Please note that these websites may not be as reliable as eclipse day approaches due to high traffic.
Check back later for videos and pictures of the event.
Partial Solar Eclipse (Updated October 23, 2014)
Images from our October eclipse viewing event are shown below, to include the small setup we used to videotape the eclipse at various times; students enjoying the show, along with Physics Faculty; and for anyone who prefers a direct view through the eyepiece, they were treated to the view that is shown in the last image. All images courtesy of Dr. Premkumar Saganti.
Check out more images from the event at this link. You can also view lots of images of Octobers eclipses at http://spaceweathergallery.com/eclipse_gallery.html.