Great American Total Solar Eclipse | Partial Eclipse in SF
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The year of the Great American Total Solar Eclipse is upon us. On August 21, 2017, the moon will completely block out the sun for observers in 12 states, from Oregon to South Carolina, in the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States mainland since 1979.
The rest of North America (unfortunately including the Bay Area), and parts of South America, Africa and Europe, will be treated to a partial eclipse. The total phase of this solar eclipse is not visible in San Francisco, but it can be observed there as a partial solar eclipse. The Moon covers a large portion of the Sun, so this is still a spectacular sight. Eye-protection filters will have to be used at all times even to know that the eclipse is happening.
Please note, this phenomenal event is free to watch, of course; however you will need a special eye protection to keep your eyes from getting any harm.
2017 Best Places to View Total Solar Eclipse
There are many excellent places to view the eclipse across the entire path of totality.
The foremost criterion for selecting a site is the weather. Any location along the path of totality from Oregon to South Carolina can enjoy good weather on eclipse day, but the western half of the United States, especially from the Willamette Valley of Oregon to the Nebraska Sandhills, will enjoy the very best weather odds.
You can watch the weather forecasts starting a week before eclipse day to judge whether you can strike for a spot close to home or drive further afield.