TOTALITY!

Yes – I am going to Mexico for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8!

This is the Riu Emerald Bay in Mazatlan where I will be hosting 25 of my closest friends for the eclipse! Ten months in the works – we were lucky enough to get everyone signed up in time before the resort sold out.

And for those of you not travelling to see the eclipse, there are still myriad opportunities to stand in the shadow of the Moon in April – from Mexico’s Pacific coast, all the way through the eastern part of America, to eastern Canada – over 30 million people live directly in the path of the total eclipse, and many millions more within a day’s drive of totality. Watch my film Still Hooked now – and make your plans.

I will be populating helpful links here for would-be eclipse chasers in Canada throughout the coming weeks:

Make a Pinhole Projector! You don’t need fancy equipment for this! But you do need to protect your eyes. Video courtesy NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.


Helpful Resources

  1. General Eclipse Eye Safety Info
  2. Protect Your Eyes! Order certified eclipse glasses while you still can. Telescopes Canada. Eclipse Glasses CanadaEclipse2024.org.
  3. Interactive Google Map of the eclipse path. I use this one daily!
  4. Time and Date  Use this tool to see how the eclipse will look from your town. It is set up for Niagara Falls, ON, but you can easily enter another city. Remember: you have to be in the zone of 100% eclipse or you will miss the whole thing. Toronto misses it!
  5. Teaching the Eclipse: Online Astronomy Training for Educators. Act now!
  6. Resources for Canadian Educators – Let’s Talk Science!
  7. Halton District School Board reschedules PA Day to April 8, 2024.
  8. Niagara Falls Tourism
  9. Buffalo New York!
  10. Royal Astronomical Society – Kitchener Waterloo
  11. 42 Public Places to See the Eclipse along Lake Erie by Gary Cameron
  12. Prince Edward County
  13. Visit Kingston, Ontario
  14. Bob McDonald from CBC’s Quirks & Quarks at Ft. Henry for the eclipse
  15. Queens University Observatory
  16. Royal Astronomical Society – Montreal Centre
  17. Southern Quebec
  18. Tourism New Brunswick
  19. University of Prince Edward Island
  20. Newfoundland and Labrador


 

Click image to zoom in on fully interactive map.


August 2023

After a gruelling 7 year wait, the shadow of the Moon comes back to North America on April 8, 2024. This is the next Total Solar Eclipse.  Crossing millions of pairs of eyes in Mexico, the USA and Canada, this long-duration eclipse promises to top the spectacle seen by millions in 2017.

 

Cutting through central Mexico to reach Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and New England states – and crossing major centres in Canada, including the Greater Toronto Area and Montreal before landing on Newfoundland and Labrador, this eclipse is truly an opportunity like no other to witness Nature’s grandest event.

But beware.  April is a cruel and fickle month in many of these regions. There is no guarantee that winter will have loosened her grip on the weather by April 8.  In fact, if recent years are any indication of what we should expect, winter will last long into April by 2024.  I, for one, would love to stay in my home province and see totality arrive without an expedition to another country.  But I can’t risk it.  I have not made firm plans as of yet – but Mexico and Texas are looking pretty good right now.  And with over 4 minutes of totality up for grabs, you can bet I won’t be taking any chances.  Not after a 7 year dry spell! The pandemic has been hard on eclipse chasers and  I will do anything I have to do to get back inside the shadow.


 

Below are all the posts from the Great American Eclipse of 2017:


September 2017

The most photographed event in history!  Loads of terrific film and video is being produced from the great American eclipse.  Shooters in every crevice of the land have documented this cosmic wonder as never before.  I’m thrilled that this once-exclusive hobby has reached out to so many millions of people – each with their own unique experience and story to tell. I’ll be posting some of my faves here …

6 min.  Just listen to Phillip Creed and family! I dare you not to smile …

8 min.  Coolest guys ever.  Fantastic story about trying to film the International Space Station as it zooms across the eclipsed Sun.  Must watch!

Flooded with composite images of the corona I’ve picked this one to feature.  Photographers stack long exposures on top of short exposures of the eclipse in order to reveal the hidden structure of the mysterious corona.  Love this work by Shigemi Numazawa.


August 21, 2017

Success in desert sage outside of Riverton, Wyoming!  Video to come …


August 2017

WATCH LIVE RIGHT HERE:  August 21, 2017.  Total Eclipse of the Sun. NASA TV Live Stream.

NASA LIVE STREAM: Other platforms here:


Are you with the media? Download NASAs informative Press Kit here:

 


The Washington Post has comprehensive analysis and coverage of the August 21 Total Solar Eclipse. Get informed!


Everyone will need eclipse viewing glasses!! From Mexico to Canada, all of North American will be witness to a solar eclipse of some magnitude on August 21.  So even if you can’t make it to America for the TOTAL eclipse, make sure you see the partial eclipse in the sky from where ever you happen to be.  With fake solar eclipse viewers coming on the market, it is critical you purchase eye protecting glasses or viewers from a reputable source. Here is the list you need. Get glasses now!!


Use this amazing tool and fly across the Earth in the shadow of the Moon.


Enjoying a little stardom right now!  Great to be one of the chasers featured on CNN.com!!


July 2017

Don’t be one of those people who has to say –  for the rest of your life – I missed the total eclipse in 2017.

IGNORE ALL ECLIPSE INFORMATION FROM NEWS OUTLETS AND SOCIAL MEDIA. This is what you need:

1. Get The Eclipse Experience:  Take The Time to Watch this film

2. Look At The Maps of the Eclipse Path: Take The Time to Understand where the eclipse is visible

3. Don’t Miss It.  Take the Time to Consider Connecting with the Cosmos That Surrounds You

Maps – Eye Safety – Essential Downloads

4. Get Eclipse Glasses now.  You’ll need them!

 

 

5. Be Prepared! Interactive Google Maps for Detailed Planning on the Ground

6. Brace Yourself for the Experience Of A Lifetime

Refer to Credible Sources of Information Only!

Read super cool stuff from Jamie Carter

Get the feeling of Being In The Shadow with Dr. Kate Russo

Check out the Sky and Telescope Blogs

Learn from the Master at EclipseWise and get the essential Road Atlas for the Eclipse

Learn How to Photograph the Eclipse with Alan Dyer.  Highly recommended for photographers!

There is only One Name in Eclipse Weather Predictions eclipsophile.com

Download this Great Activity Guide for Parents and Educators 


When you see the eclipse explode on social media on August 21, you’ll be bummed you missed it.  Get your shit together now!

Total Eclipse of the Sun  –  August 21, 2017  –  coast-to-coast across America


Put yourself ANYWHERE inside this path on August 21.  See the Sun disappear in the middle of the day.


April 2017

This is the best film about eclipse chasing you will ever see!  Curious about the eclipse in America in August this year? Wonder what all the fuss is about?  Spend 20 minutes with me and find out why I am Still Hooked.

Watch the new film right here!


February 2017

Here is your eclipse chasing strategy for August 2017:  Pick a state you want to visit in the path of totality.  Go there.

Information about the Total Solar Eclipse in August 2017 is exploding all over the web.  If you are making plans to see the most spectacular natural event on Earth this year, make sure you are using reliable sources of information.  Along with the other links below, you can now access the special 2017 Eclipse Page at NASA. Less than 27 weeks to go now! Are you really going to miss it? Get convinced!! Watch this video: 

There are very few events in your life like a Total Solar Eclipse. Quit wasting your life!


January 2017  – NASA Eclipse Website

The special NASA 2017 Eclipse Website continues to deliver important information for eclipse watchers.  Packed with goodies!

Eye Safety First!  Read the NASA Eye Safety Flyer


January 2017  –  Eclipse Weather

Will it be clear to see the eclipse in August?

This unique map might shed some light!  Click to visit the page.  Learn all about eclipse weather predictions with Jay Anderson at

eclipsophile.com


January 2017  –  Groundbreaking science at the edge of the atmosphere

The Eclipse Ballooning Project engages students to put video cameras on balloons at stations across the country to film the eclipse from the edge of the atmosphere and feed it live to the NASA website for all to see.  This concept was tried only once before – in 2012.  See the unique results in this video:

 


January 2017 – Great video from Mr. Eclipse, Fred Espenak

Take a tour across America and into the shadow of the Moon with eclipse expert Fred Espenak. Want to see the eclipse in August?  What about the weather?  Will I see it in Nashville?  Casper?  Idaho Falls?  Take the time to watch and learn.

 

 


January 2017  –  Eclipse Eye Safety

Watch the Total Solar Eclipse in August!  But watch it safely!! Never look directly at the sun without certified eye protection!

It is only safe to look at the Total Eclipse during the few brief moments when the Moon blocks the Sun completely.  This is called Totality. It’s the most spectacular sight you have ever seen in your life.  But before and after totality, the Sun will still be partially visible behind the Moon and is dangerous to observe.  You could damage your eyes.  With certified eye protection you can look directly at the sun and safely observe every phase of the eclipse.  Get your eclipse glasses now before they sell out!  You can check out these reliable retailers for eclipse glasses:

Rainbow Symphony

American Paper Optics

Eclipse2017.org

Download the NASA Eclipse Safety Flyer here

Download the NASA Eclipse Information Flyer here

Important information for all eclipse watchers!  Including you!


January 2017

Here is your eclipse chasing strategy for August 2017:  Pick a state you want to visit in the path of totality.  Go there.

Information about the Total Solar Eclipse in August 2017 is exploding all over the web.  If you are making plans to see the most spectacular natural event on Earth this year, make sure you are using reliable sources of information.  Along with the other links below, you can now access the special 2017 Eclipse Page at NASA. Less than 30 weeks to go now! Are you really going to miss it? Get convinced!! Watch this video: 

There are very few events in your life like a Total Solar Eclipse. Quit wasting your life!


December 2016 update 2

This dark band that runs right through the middle of America is the path of the Total Eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017.  You need to be in side the path of “totality” to see the Moon completely block out the Sun.  If you go anywhere else you will miss it.  Pick a State you want to visit and make plans to go!  Make plans now!  You really don’t want to miss this. Click to enlarge.

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Image from NASA’s Visualization Studio, Ernie Wright. Click to enlarge.


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Millions upon millions of people will witness totality next summer. Many of them because they happen to live in just the right place. Do you really want to be left out?  This is one of the most accessible eclipses in years.  Could be your only chance this lifetime!  Act now to see a Total Eclipse of the Sun before you die!  Chasing this eclipse is easy:  pick a State you want to visit and GO there.  Plan your trip now using the links below to access all the information you need. You’ll thank me on August 22.


December 2016 update

ECLIPSE IN AMERICA AUGUST 21, 2017

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The American Astronomical Society has just launched a website full of information about the Total Eclipse of the Sun that will be visible across American next summer.  Maps, observing tips, eye safety, and everything you ever wanted to know about eclipses but were afraid to ask.  Check it out!

Here are some additional RESOURCES FOR CHASING THE ECLIPSE.

  1.  Detailed Maps of the Path of Totality for each state can be found at Great American Eclipse and NASA.
  2.  Interactive Maps that calculate precise Eclipse Times for your location from Xavier Jubier.
  3. Observer’s Guide pdf from National Science Teachers Association.
  4.  Eclipse 2017 on Facebook.
  5. Get the feeling of Being In The Shadow with Dr. Kate Russo.
  6.  Great Eclipse Blog at Astronomy Magazine.
  7. 2017 Eclipse eBook for Mac users from Michael Zeiler.
  8.  Quick Look at Ten Place to see the Eclipse from Cosmic Pursuits.
  9.  Comprehensive help on all eclipse topics from EclipseWise, including the essential Road Atlas for the Eclipse.
  10.  Super cool Citizen Science Experiment from CATE.  Get involved!
  11. Pick the Perfect Spot article pdf.
  12. Article from Space.com.
  13. Easy-to-use website packed with maps and tips for observers at National Eclipse.
  14. Managed List of Academic and Literary Resources from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

 


June 2016 update

ACT NOW TO SEE A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN!

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This might be your only chance!  America.  21 August 2017.  See a Total Eclipse of the Sun in this lifetime!  Let’s do this!

Start making plans.  This is going to be the biggest shared-event of the decade – like landing on the Moon was!  Don’t miss this chance to connect with the cosmos in the most spectacular way.

Here is my eclipse chasing strategy:  chose a place you want to visit in the path of totality –  then go there.  It’s that easy.  When you arrive – watch the weather – move if you have to.  We all have excellent chances of witnessing totality in 2017.  Where else would you be?   Quit wasting your life.  Let’s do this.

Here are some RESOURCES FOR CHASING THE ECLIPSE.

  1.  Detailed Maps of the Path of Totality for each state can be found at Great American Eclipse and NASA.
  2.  Interactive Maps that calculate precise Eclipse Times for your location from Xavier Jubier.
  3. Observer’s Guide pdf from National Science Teachers Association.
  4.  Eclipse 2017 on Facebook.
  5. Get the feeling of Being In The Shadow with Dr. Kate Russo.
  6.  Great Eclipse Blog at Astronomy Magazine.
  7. 2017 Eclipse eBook for Mac users from Michael Zeiler.
  8.  Quick Look at Ten Place to see the Eclipse from Cosmic Pursuits.
  9.  Comprehensive help on all eclipse topics from EclipseWise, including the essential Road Atlas for the Eclipse.
  10.  Super cool Citizen Science Experiment from CATE.  Get involved!
  11. Pick the Perfect Spot article pdf.
  12. Article from Space.com.
  13. Easy-to-use website packed with maps and tips for observers at National Eclipse.
  14. Managed List of Academic and Literary Resources from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

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Get into this RED PATH through America – August 21, 2017


October 2015

ACT NOW TO SEE A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN!

For millions upon millions of people – probably you – the eclipse in America on August 21, 2017, will be the best chance to see a Total Eclipse of the Sun in this lifetime. Normally you would have to travel great distances at great expense to see a Total Eclipse, but not this time! If you live in North America, it’s coming straight into your front yard!  If you have ever been curious about Nature’s most spectacular event – this is your chance.  Don’t miss out!

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Total Solar Eclipse Path through America – August 21, 2017

It will be morning in Oregon and afternoon in South Carolina when the Moon’s shadow sweeps across the Earth turning daytime into night for a few brief minutes.

This eclipse has the potential to become the most-observed eclipse in human history. It’s going to be a huge event!  The country will be brought to a standstill for about two and a half minutes on a gorgeous, sunny August day.  America has not seen an eclipse like this in 99 years, and scientists, the media and the public are already preparing.  Communities along the path of totality will be swamped with eclipse watchers and chasers from around the world – roads and highways will be packed with shadow seekers peering up into the sky – and hotel and restaurant owners will see a day unlike any other!  Not since Armstrong took the first steps on the Moon in 1969 has America experienced such a positive, shared event.  Mark my words:  this eclipse will be the biggest science event of the decade.   And you must act now to be a part of it.

Pick any State along the path of totality that you have always wanted to visit.  Book a hotel, car or spot for your RV – grab your kids, your family, your friends – get a map and a GPS system – and be ready to move into clear skies in any nearby community. There is no excuse to miss this one!

Check out this NASA Animation.