What Time Does the Total Solar Eclipse Start on August 21, 2017?

It’s been decades since the last one but the time of a total solar eclipse has arrived. On August 21, 2017 the Earth and it’s inhabitants will be treated to a total solar eclipse, well total if you live in a path designated the totality. There is a lot of anticipation and preparation involved for this big event. No doubt social media sites everywhere will be covering this astronomical spectacle as it unfolds in real time. I’ll provide social media sites and links at the end of this post where you can follow in real time all the chatter, tweets and comments about the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

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The most pertinent question everyone has on their mind though is “what time does the total solar eclipse start”.  If you live outside the totality path then partial solar eclipse times will vary.  I suggest checking out this total solar eclipse link at NASA for more up to the minute information on relative solar eclipse times in all areas around the country: eclipse2017.nasa.gov

Here is a quick breakdown in times and regions in the area of totality, the path where there will be a total eclipse:

Salem Oregon 9:05 a.m. PDT, totality at 10:17 a.m. PDT
South Carolina 2:48 p.m. EDT
Leaving the country at 4:09 EDT

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More Total Solar Eclipse Starting Times and City Time Breakdowns:

  • Salem, Oregon, the eclipse starts at 9:05 a.m. PDT and totality begins at 10:17 a.m. PDT, lasting around two minutes.
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho, the eclipse starts at 10:15 a.m. MDT and totality begins at 11:33 a.m. MDT, lasting for just under two minutes.
  • Casper, Wyoming, the eclipse starts at 10:22 a.m. MDT and totality begins at 11:42 a.m. MDT, lasting two-and-a-half minutes.
  • Jefferson City, Missouri the eclipse starts at 11:46 a.m. CDT and totality begins at 1:13 p.m. CDT, lasting two-and-a-half minutes.
  • Nashville, Tennessee the eclipse starts at 11:58 a.m. CDT and totality begins at 1:27 p.m. CDT, lasting for under two minutes.
  • Columbia, South Carolina, the eclipse starts at 1:13 p.m. EDT and totality begins at 2:41 p.m. EDT, lasting for two-and-a-half minutes.

Here is a map of the total solar eclipse 2017. Check the shadowy path as it crosses from West to East in a diagonal southern direction. There are some points of specific times right on the path of totality in cities spread across North America.



Follow these social media sites for more information and real time chatter on this rare lifetime event:


Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Twitter Sites and Hashtags: 



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Total eclipse Twitter feed that tweets news about the upcoming total solar eclipse including viewing parties and science related information.