DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT AN APPROVED SOLAR FILTER IF ANY PORTION OF THE BRIGHT SOLAR DISK IS NOT COVERED BY THE MOON. USE APPROVED SOLAR VIEWING GLASSES, NOT SUNGLASSES, etc. DO NOT USE BINOCULARS OR TELESCOPES TO VIEW THE SUN UNLESS YOU USE
AN APPROVED SPECIAL SOLAR FILTER ON THE END OF THE TELESCOPE OR BINOCULARS NEAREST TO THE SUN. SERIOUS EYE DAMAGE AND BLINDNESS MAY RESULT FROM VIEWING THE SUN WITHOUT AN APPROVED FILTER OR MISUSE OF A SOLAR FILTER.
YouTube Videos About The August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
YouTube Video Explains Eclipses and Describes Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017
YouTube Video Shows the Geometry of a Solar Eclipse, Calculates the Length of the Moon's Shadow (Umbra),
and Calculates the Width of the Umbra on the Surface of the Earth
YouTube Video Shows How to Find and Use Internet Resources to Prepare to View the Solar Eclipse
YouTube Video Shows How to Find and Use Weather Information (e.g. cloud cover prediction) on the Internet
YouTube Video Shows Internet Sites That May Be Helpful for Viewing the Eclipse in Nebraska
YouTube Video Shows the Planets, Stars, and Constellations you may be able to see during the total solar eclipse 2017.
I have not done a detailed vetting of links on the following sites. Use caution if you are purchasing items from these sites. A list of smartphone apps is at the bottom of this page.
NASA Web Site for the Eclipse
This site is a gateway for NASA information on the eclipse.
NASA Eclipse Live
NASA will have live, non-stop, coverage of the eclipse from the start in Oregon to the end in
South Carolina. You should visit this site in advance to make sure your browser can play the video.
NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center for the Eclipse
This site has a zoomable map of the eclipse path and several links to information about the eclipse.
This site by Fred Espenak has information on doing photography during the eclipse, and many related links.
Great American Eclipse
This site has general information and an eclipse app (that I have not used).
By Fred Espenak in ASTRONOMY ESSENTIALS.
Eclipse Count Down
This site detects your location (GPS on smartphone) and gives you a countdown to the eclipse.
This is not an app and no installation is required. View this site (eclipsecountdown.com) in a browser on your smartphone (or PC).
NASA Facebook page
This site has posts, videos, photos, events, and more. Scroll through
the list of videos to find eclipse videos.
This site has general information about the August 21, 2017 eclipse.
Astrosociety.org Universe in the Classroom
This site has extensive background material about eclipses.
This site has information about weather along the eclipse track, and much more information.
Eclipse2017 Eclipse Path
Click on your state for detailed info. Click on the link for cities
in the path of totality and then click on the (bold) city name to get detailed information about the eclipse for that city. There are links to city webpages for some cities. Scroll down to find the link.
This site has lots of information and animations.
American Astronomical Society
This site has good information on how to safely view the eclipse. .
Federal Highway Administration
This site allows you to select a state for further travel information.
Nebraska Eclipse Information
Subpages: Events, Where to Watch, Education, Articles
Click on the "Trips" link. Then click on the "2017 Total Solar Eclipse" link.
Eclipse Information for Cities in Nebraska
Click on a city name that is in Bold to
get information concerning the eclipse for that city. Scroll down and check to see if there is a link to a web site for the city for even more information (not available for all cities).
This site has information on Nebraska State Parks and Recreation Areas along the eclipse track.
Nebraska 511 Traffic Info
Nebraska has a 511 App for your smartphone to get official traffic information (and view cameras on roads) for the state. Construction on roads in the
total eclipse area will be suspended for August 21. Extra State Troopers will be on patrol for your safety.
Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE, Eclipse Schedule & Program
This site has
information on the activities at Homestead National Monument for the eclipse. The Omaha World Herald reports that Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," will be at the activities on August 21.
Beatrice, NE Radio Station
Listen to AM 1450 or FM 94.7 for traffic and parking information for Beatrice on August 21.
Nebraska Pawnee County Eclipse Web Site
(This county is East of Beatrice, Nebraska) Some towns are setting up viewing areas (with facilities) and charging $20 per person.
KTNC Falls City Radio
1230 kHz AM radio station in Falls City Nebraska (SouthEast Nebraska)
eclipsewise.com Nebraska Weather Prospects and web sites for locations in Nebraska
This site has historical (average) information on weather and clouds in Nebraska for the eclipse .
Watch the Eclipse Online and at Observing Gatherings
This site will have 10 live webcasts: International Space Station; Hopkinsville, KY; Other spacecraft; High-altitude balloons; etc.
NASA Backup Web Site for Webcasts
This site is provided by NASA in case their main site (above) is overloaded with the expected 100 Million to 500 Million hits.
This site has library locations where viewing parties will be held. Some have events where
they will distribute solar viewing glasses. 7,000 libraries across the USA are participating in some way.
NASA Museum Alliance
This site has locations of viewing parties .
NASA Night Sky Network
This is a consortium of more than 400 astronomy clubs in the US. Some will have events prior to the eclipse.
More Eclipse Web Pages
stjomo.com St. Joseph Missouri City
This site describes preparations the city is making for the eclipse. I believe
the city is closing the airport for the day in St. Joseph and preparing for 100,000 people to attend.
Ham Radio Project
This site invites "amateur radio operators to participate in a large-scale
experiment that will characterize the ionospheric response to the total solar eclipse."
This site seeks to gather citizen science data about the eclipse. The site has resources which can help
you prepare for the eclipse.
NASA Eyes Eclipse 2017
This site has browser applications (probably not useful on a smartphone) that show
interactive 3D views of the eclipse for locations anywhere on Earth.
This site has climate and weather information for eclipses.
Sky and Telescope Weather Forecast Tips
This site gives you pointers on how to interpret weather information before the eclipse.
iNaturalist Web Site
This site seeks to have you observe animals and plants around you
before, during, and after the eclipse, and then share your results.
This page (at eclipse2017.nasa.gov) has information on eclipse events at a wide range of venues.
Wikipedia *** 2024 *** Eclipse
This site has information on the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse.
Time And Date
This site has historical (and other) information about eclipses.
These sites may help you plan where to view the eclipse. The sites towards the top of the list are my favorites. I personally will not be driving long distances to try to get to a possibly clear observing site.
National Weather Service
National Forecast Maps...Explore this site or use the following three links.
National Weather Service
Forecast For the Eclipse...Expand and drag the interactive map
until you see your viewing location. Click on the map to see the forecast for (near) that location.
National Weather Service Forecast Maps
Forecast Maps are shown in a loop (multiple days/times). You can select the map to view
(e.g. Sky Cover, Probability of Precipitation). Gray on the map for sky cover represents clouds.
National Weather Service Satellite Loops
You can view the location of water vapor for the past 24 hours on this page. Other loops are available.
College of DuPage NeXt Generation Weather Lab
This site has various weather loops for satellite images. The Hemispheric and Regional Products give interesting views.
NOAA Water Vapor Interactive Loop
Use your mouse wheel to advance or rewind this loop
of water vapor. Click on "Imagery and Data" on the top menu for other loops.
You may have to drag the map to show your location. Then unselect unwanted layers and select a layer or two
(e.g. Satellite and Webcams). Click on a webcam for a city near you. You will see the current sky (for most web cams) and some ground terrain (traffic, lakes, mountains, etc.) for some web cams. Click on "Save Prefs" at the top right
of the screen. When you come back to this page on the same computer your current selections will be preserved.
Clear Dark Sky
This page gives predictions for Beatrice, NE. To reset the page to your location 1) Click on the "Clear sky charts Home" link
on the left side of the window. 2) Scroll down the list of states under USA and select your state. 3) Scroll down the list of locations to find a site near you and click on its link.
Enter your location in the search box. Click on "Radar and Maps." Click on "Radar & Satellite."
Smartphone Apps for the Eclipse
Here is an incomplete list of eclipse apps for smartphones. I have not installed or tried all of these apps.
Video of 2006 total solar eclilpse in Libya
- Smithsonian Eclipse 2017 ... Countdown to 1st Contact in Oregon; Views of the Sun at various wavelengths; Interactive Eclipse Map (get times for stages of the eclipse for your location);
Link to NASA Livestream of the eclipse on August 21
- Eclipse Safari
- Eclipse Calculator 2
- Eclipse MegaMovie ... Eclipse timer for your location (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th contact, mideclipse); Can help you take photos with your smartphone (for some phone models); They hope people will take photos
and upload them to their site so they can paste them together to make a nationwide movie of the elcipse.
- Exploratorium Total Solar Eclipse ... Video Guides; About Eclipses; Countdown timer to beginning of live stream
- Eclipse2017.org ... Basic eclipse information; When does eclipse start; Upgrade version $ uses your GPS to deliver eclipse info for your location
This video lasts about 7 minutes. The audio gives you a sense of the excitement as the
eclipse starts and the awe during the eclipse.