THE 2017 GREAT USA TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
On 2017 August 21 a total eclipse of the Sun will cross over the USA mainland the first total solar eclipse visible from the USA mainland since 1979! The path of totality will sweep eastward through Oregon from the Pacific Ocean and move over South Carolina crossing 14 states before exiting into the Atlantic Ocean. This is also the first cross-continental total solar eclipse since 1919. The 2017 eclipse has become the most heavily hyped astronomical event in USA history and may be the most watched celestial event ever. Greatest duration of totality (2m40s) occurs near the Illinois-Kentucky border.
Five years ago Dr. Cohen was among the first to determine and realize that central Oregon, including the small city of Madras, was among the best locations in the USA to observe the 2017 eclipse. (Madras lies on the east or dry side of the Cascade Mountains giving it very good weather prospects for the August 2017 eclipse.)
Thereafter, Prof. Cohen along with Continental Capers Travel booked hotel rooms in this city's best hotel (Inn at Cross Keys Station) in 2013.See website for more info. (Within a few months all rooms were booked!)
THE GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA ECLIPSE. For those living in Gainesville, Florida, residents will only see a partial solar eclipse though the eclipse will be very deep (89 percent of the Sun's diameter hidden at maximum eclipse). For a six minute video about the Gainesville eclipse, see this YouTube Video.
(The 2017 August 21 Eclipse