The 2017 Solar Eclipse: Where Will You Be?

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On Monday, August 21, 2017, several locations throughout the United States will experience total darkness during the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. in nearly 40 years. Follow along with this video to see satellite imagery of several of these locations that will experience complete darkness for a few minutes when the eclipse occurs. Will you be watching from one of these locations?

The satellite imagery featured in this video were created using data distributed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). These data are from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensor onboard the NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite and the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) sensor onboard the Terra satellite. To learn more about these data and other data products distributed by the LP DAAC please visit

The LP DAAC is one of twelve NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) DAACs. It is located at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The LP DAAC ingests, archives, processes and distributes NASA Earth science land processes data and information. 

Shapefiles for the Center Line, Umbra, and Path are available from NASA's Visualization Studio via


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Content generated by Danielle Golon (Contract to USGS/EROS)


A total solar eclipse occurs approximately once every 18 months. This is when a new moon moves directly in front of the sun and blocks the sun’s rays from reaching specific locations on the Earth. On August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will occur across parts of the United States.  The path of eclipse totality is approximately 27 kilometers or 17 miles wide and covers 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina. Many cities will experience complete darkness when the eclipse arrives. Interested in the imagery used in this video? Visit the LP DAAC at