Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA

By Fred Espenak

Atlas of
Central Solar Eclipses in the USA
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Central Solar Eclipses in the USA
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Description

With the upcoming total solar eclipse of 2017 August 21, certain questions naturally arise as to the frequency of these events. When was the last total eclipse through the USA and when is the next? How often do they happen? What total eclipse tracks passed across the USA during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, etc., and what states did they include? And how often is a total solar eclipse visible from each of the 50 states?

In 2012 the track of an annular solar eclipse passed through the western USA. The same questions can be asked about this type of eclipse as well.

The Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA answers all of these questions. It contains of a comprehensive series of 499 global maps showing the geographic track of every single total and annular solar eclipse across the USA (including Alaska and Hawaii) during the two-thousand-year period 1001 through 3000. It is accompanied by a catalog that lists the major characteristics of each eclipse including its duration and whether it is visible from the lower 48 states, Alaska and/or Hawaii.


Global Map of Central Eclipses from 1990 to 2045
(click to enlarge)

Finally, a set of 20 detailed maps, each covering a 50-year period and centered on the lower 48 states, shows the path of every central eclipse (total or annular). The maps include state boundaries and the location of major cities. This allows quick determination as to whether a particular eclipse was visible from any state or city in question. These maps also cover southern Canada and northern Mexico.


Map of Central Eclipses from 2001 to 2050
(click to enlarge)

There is something compelling about the pattern of eclipse tracks crossing familiar places many hundreds of years in the past and future. It was this fascination that inspired the creation of the Atlas.

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Total Solar Eclipses in the USA

Read the blog post Total Solar Eclipses in the USA, which is based on this publication.

About the Author

Click the following link to read a brief biography on Fred Espenak.

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Road Atlas of the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024

The Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 contains a comprehensive series of 26 maps of the path of totality across Mexico, the USA and Canada. The large scale (1 inch ≈ 22 miles) shows both major and minor roads, towns and cities, rivers, lakes, parks, national forests, wilderness areas and mountain ranges.

Although a partial eclipse will be seen from all of North America, the total phase in which the Moon completely covers the Sun (known as totality) will only be seen from within the 120-mile-wide path of the Moon’s umbral shadow as it sweeps across Mexico, the United States (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine), and Canada (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland).

Armed with this atlas and the latest weather forecasts, the road warrior is ready to chase totality no matter where it takes him/her along the entire path. This mobile strategy offers the highest probability of witnessing the spectacular 2024 total eclipse in clear skies.

For more information visit Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024.

Totality - The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024

The Totality - The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024 is a complete guide to the most stunning of celestial sights, total eclipses of the Sun. It focuses on the eclipses of August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024 that pass across the United States. The U.S. mainland has not experienced a total solar eclipse since 1979. This book provides information, photographs, and illustrations to help understand and safely enjoy all aspects of these eclipses including:

  • How to observe a total eclipse of the Sun
  • How to photograph and video record an eclipse
  • Why solar eclipses happen
  • The earliest attempts to understand and predict eclipses
  • The mythology and folklore of eclipses
  • The response of animals to total solar eclipses
  • The response of man to total eclipses through time
  • How scientists used total eclipses to understand how the Sun works
  • How astronomers used a total eclipse in 1919 to confirm Einstein's general theory of relativity
  • Weather prospects for the 2017 eclipse
  • Detailed maps of the path of totality for the 2017 eclipse and the eclipses of 2018 through 2024
  • Precise local times for the eclipses of 2017 and 2024 (the next total solar eclipse to visit the U.S.)
  • Color and black-and-white photographs, diagrams, and charts to illustrate and explain total solar eclipses
  • Global maps of total solar eclipses from 2017 to 2045 and lists of total and annual solar eclipses from 1970 through 2070

For more information visit Totality - The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024.

21st Century Canon of Solar Eclipses

The 21st Century Canon of Solar Eclipses is the complete guide to every solar eclipse occurring from 2001 tom 2100 (224 eclipse in all). It includes information and maps for all total, annular, hybrid, and partial eclipses. A special world atlas shows detailed full page maps of all central eclipse paths (total, annular and hybrid).

This book is the sucessor and replacement for the Fifty-Year Canon of Solar Eclipses published in 1987. The new 21st Century Canon uses modern JPL ephemerides for the Sun and Moon, and features improved maps include political boundaries and major cities. An essential reference for all serious eclipse chasers

For more information visit 21st Century Canon of Solar Eclipses.

Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21

The Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21 is the complementary publication of the 2017 Road Atlas and is the ultimate guide to this highly anticipated event.

Local circumstances tables for more than 1000 cities across the USA provide times of each phase of the eclipse along with the eclipse magnitude, duration and Sun's altitude. Additional tables cover the eclipse circumstances for cities in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and Europe. An exhaustive climatological study identifies areas along the eclipse path where the highest probability of favorable weather may be found. A travelogue highlights key locations in the eclipse track from Oregon through South Carolina.

Finally, comprehensive information is presented about solar filters and how to safely observe and photograph the eclipse.

For more information visit Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21.

Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

The Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 is a complementary publication of the 2017 Eclipse Bulletin. It contains a comprehensive series of 37 high resolution, full color maps of the path of totality across the USA.

The large scale (1:700,000 or 1 inch = 11 miles) shows both major and minor roads, towns and cities, rivers, lakes, parks, national forests, wilderness areas and mountain ranges.

Armed with this atlas and the latest weather forecasts, the road warrior is ready to chase totality no matter where it takes him/her along the 2500-mile-long path. This mobile strategy offers the highest probability of witnessing the spectacular 2017 total eclipse in clear skies.

For more information visit Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017.

Total Eclipse or Bust! A Family Road Trip

"TOTAL Eclipse or Bust! A Family Road Trip" is a book for the entire family. The story follows a typical family on a road trip to see the 2017 total eclipse of the Sun. Along the way the children learn all about the how and why of eclipses in a friendly and an uncomplicated way. The book also provides basic information about how to view a total solar eclipse and where to go for America's great eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Finally, comprehensive information is presented about solar filters and how to safely observe and photograph the eclipse.

For more information visit Total Eclipse or Bust! A Family Road Trip.