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Eclipse is 16 days from now

A total eclipse of the sun will occur in 16 days. We captured the moon just after moonrise this evening—about 8:00 PM local time.

Moonrise (~97% illuminated) today at Piestewa Peak Park in Phoenix (Voxitatis)

The moon, which will be a full moon at 2:10 PM EDT, Monday, August 7, has begun chasing the sun across the sky and will eventually catch up to it on Monday, August 21, 16 days from now, and cast its shadow on the continental US for the first time in 38 years.

The next total solar eclipse viewers in the continental US will see will occur on April 8, 2024.

A closeup (short lens) of tonight’s moon (Voxitatis)

Viewing the Eclipse (all times local, Monday, August 21)

City, State First Contact Maximum Obscuration Altitude, Azimuth at Maximum Last Contact
Chicago, Ill. 11:54 AM 1:19 PM (86.6%) 59°, 13°W of meridian 2:42 PM
Peoria, Ill. 11:50 AM 1:17 PM (93%) 61°, 8°W of meridian 2:41 PM
Carbondale, Ill. 11:52 AM 1:21:49 PM (100%) 63.7°, 12°W of meridian 2:47 PM
Hagerstown, Md. 1:15 PM 2:40 PM (>79%) 56°, 41°W of meridian 3:59 PM
Baltimore, Md. 1:18 PM 2:42 PM (79.3%) 56°, 43°W of meridian 4:01 PM
Ocean City, Md. 1:22 PM 2:46 PM (>79%) 55°, 48°W of meridian 4:04 PM

The instant of greatest duration of totality along the entire track (2 minutes 40.3 seconds) occurs 20 km (12 miles) southeast of Carbondale, Illinois, at 1:21:49 pm CDT. Here’s a complete interactive map from NASA that allows you to click on any spot in the US to determine the above.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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