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.
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.
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.