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02/27/2017 – Ephemeris – The Great American Eclipse, August 21, 2017

February 27, 2017

Ephemeris for Monday, February 27th.  The Sun will rise at 7:22.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 5 minutes, setting at 6:28.  The Moon, 1 day past new, will set at 7:52 this evening.

We didn’t get a chance to see yesterday’s annular eclipse of the Sun, since it occurred mostly in the South Atlantic Ocean.  But it’s a wake up call for those of us who chase the Moon’s shadow, that the Great American Eclipse is a bit less than 6 months away.  August 21st to be exact.  Here in northern Michigan the Sun will be 75% or so covered by the Moon at peak.  For me it’s 100% or nothing.  The path where the Sun will be totally eclipsed will run from Oregon to South Carolina.  I’ve seen totality four times from 1963 to 1979 and accumulated 8 ½ minutes of time basking under the shade of the Moon.  Well not basking, for those were hectic magical times, not to be missed.  And come hell or high water I will strive to add another 2 plus minutes to that total.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.


August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Path of Totality

A screen cap of the map showing the path of totality of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse from NASA’s eclipse page. Credit: NASA and Google Maps.

NASA’s Eclipse page:  https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/


  1. February 27, 2017 at 9:15 am

    As the date of the August 21 eclipse draws near, keep this important safety information in mind: You MUST use special eclipse safety glasses to view a partial eclipse and the partial phases of a total eclipse. To do otherwise is risking permanent eye damage and even blindness. The ONLY time it’s safe to look at a TOTAL eclipse without proper eye protection is during the very brief period of totality when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon. If you’re in a location where the eclipse won’t be total, there is NEVER a time when it’s safe to look with unprotected eyes.

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