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Total eclipse: When does it start, how long does it last and other questions

Posted at 10:09 AM, Aug 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-21 15:43:35-04

This is the first TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE to be visible to the U.S. mainland since 1979. And the first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918.

It makes landfall in LINCOLN BEACH, OREGON at 10:19 PACIFIC TIME (1:19 PM EST), goes across the country at a rate of 1,500 MPH, passing through 14 states then leaves land in CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA just before 3PM EST.

The eclipse will last 2 minutes on average, but it really depends on where you are. In CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS, the entire event will last the longest, 2 minutes and 43 seconds.

There are 4 stages of the eclipse:

Eclipse begin

Totality begins

Totality ends

Eclipse ends.

The whole event stretches across 2 hours and 30 minutes)

***IMPORTANT TIMES***

-10:16AM PST (1:16 PM EST) TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE MAKES LANDFALL IN OREGON.

– 2:41 PM EST – TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE MAKES FINAL APPEARANCE IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA BEFORE HEADING OUT TO ATLANTIC.

– 1:24 PM EST – START OF PARTIAL ECLIPSE IN NYC-AREA.

– 2:45 PM EST – MAXIMUM ECLIPSE (69.88% COVERAGE) WILL BE VISIBLE IN NYC- AREA

– 4:00 PM EST – END OF PARTIAL ECLIPSE IN NYC AREA.

Full eclipse coverage HERE.