When Will The Next Total Solar Eclipse Be Visible From The Tennessee Valley?

Posted on: 6:00 pm, November 14, 2012, by , updated on: 06:05pm, November 14, 2012

Total solar eclipses are very rare and do not occur every year and are not visible from everywhere around the world when they happen.  A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun and totally or partially obscures the view of the Sun from Earth. Yesterday’s total solar eclipse seen in Australia was the first total solar eclipse since July 11th of 2010.

Source: CBSNews.com

There will be one more eclipse this year, but it will not be a solar eclipse, but rather a penumbral lunar eclipse, on November 28th. A penumbral eclipse is when the Moon will pass through the outer portion of Earth’s shadow. Important to note is that the beginning and end of a penumbral eclipse are not visible to the naked eye and actually no shading can be detected until about 2/3 of the Moon’s disk is immersed in the penumbra, which would be approximately between 8:00 and 9:00 am central time on the morning of November 28th. The eclipse will not be visible in the eastern United States. For the Tennessee Valley, moonset is at 7:20 that morning, which will likely be too early before the eclipse is visible to the naked eye. Also it will be just after sunrise, making it harder to see if it is visible.  So likely we will not be able to see the penumbral eclipse on November 28th, but if you have friends on the West Coast, they have the best chance to view it! Below is a chart showing the path of the eclipse.

The next total solar eclipse does not occur until March 20th, 2015 and the next total solar eclipse to be visible across the Lower 48 and the Tennessee Valley does not occur until Monday, August 21, 2017. This will be the first total solar eclipse to be visible from somewhere in the United States since 1991 when  it was only seen from part of Hawaii.  Back in 1979 there was a total solar eclipse visible from part of the lower 48, but only part of the Pacific Northwest and Upper Plains states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota).  The total solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast across the United States, the first time in almost a century (1918). Check out the image below showing the path the eclipse will take (indicated by the blue line). The maximum duration of the eclipse will be two minutes and forty seconds.

Path of the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Source: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2017Aug21T.GIF

In case you missed the total solar eclipse over Australia, click here: Total Solar Eclipse.

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