Monday, August 21, 2017: What was the Great American Eclipse?.
The “Great American Eclipse” was a total solar eclipse visible from North America on August 21, 2017. It began at 11:47 A.M. EDT and ended at 5:04 P.M. All regions of North America were able to view a partial eclipse at some point during this time span (exact times depended on specific locations). The total eclipse was viewable for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds at most and was visible only along a narrow path running southeastward from Oregon to South Carolina and crossing through parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Cities that experienced totality include Salem, OR; Lincoln, NE; Kansas City, Jefferson City, and St. Louis, MO; Nashville, TN; and Columbia and Charleston, SC. The next total solar eclipse visible from North America will occur in 2024.