The Great American Eclipse: August 21, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017

The Great American Eclipse: August 21, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, millions of Americans will have the opportunity to witness the greatest celestial event in our sky, a Total Solar Eclipse. SouthBrooklyn Internet first launched kidseclipse.com for the 1998 Total Solar Eclipse, which we travelled to Aruba to witness.

The path of totality, where the sun is totally blocked by the new moon, carves a diagonal band 65-miles across as it travels coast-to-coast from Oregon to South Carolina. The last time an eclipse path crossed the United States was in 1979 – Jimmy Carter was president, a gallon of gas cost 86 cents, and Atari video games were a hot item. Brooklyn will have a partial eclipse, with the moon blocking 71% of the sun's surface, beginning at 1:23:16 pm, with maximum reached at 2:45:01 pm. Eclipse shades will be needed to view any of the eclipse! You cannot look at the eclipse with your naked eyes, it will cause damage. The Kidseclipse.com store has eclipse shades by reputable dealers for order through our website.

Kidseclipse.com features our Teach Section designed for Kindergarten to Sixth grade students and explains the basics of why an eclipse occurs, along with a basic understanding of our solar system. We also provide a link to the best interactive map out there to find your perfect location to view the eclipse. Xavier Jubier’s interactive map provides detailed information for every location in the path of totality.

Our Photography section provides information on the best way to photograph the eclipse. Without proper filtration, the partial eclipse can damage your eyes. Precautions must be taken. We provide links to multiple sellers of the correct filters for photographic use.

Kidseclipse.com will be live from Andrews and Brasstown, North Carolina, beginning on August 20, 2017. This was my childhood home and when I found out that the path of totality is on main street in Andrews, I knew I had to be there. In 1972, my parents moved our family from Springfield, MA, to Andrews, NC, so we could help my grandparents run their farm in Brasstown, NC. Totality in Andrews will occur at 2:34:26 pm on August 21, 2017, lasting 2 minutes, 38 seconds. The first bite of the sun will begin at 1:05:44 pm and we will watch every minute.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE ECLIPSE: A PERSONAL STORY will be my blog while on the journey to watch this amazing event on the former farm of John Dillard Phillips, my grandfather and long time resident of Graham County. His legacy lives on with me. I wish he was here to see this over the land he loved so much. But at least I will have my Dad with me. It's like going home.


Total Solar Eclipse, Aruba 1998; ©Mark D Phillips