The first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. from coast to coast in 99 years is not only a must-see spectacle but also a valuable scientific opportunity
Use the interactive map below to find the next solar spectacular in your region
America is preparing for a sea-to-shining-sea solar eclipse. Here’s how you can watch the spectacular display, and maybe even snap a photo to commemorate the event, without burning your retinas or damaging your camera’s optics...
Solar Eclipse Charted for the Next 1,000 Years
Opportunities abound to watch the sun disappear if you live long and travel
Maximize Your Odds of Seeing the Great American Solar Eclipse
Data show the U.S. locations that offer the best chances for clear skies and light traffic
Beat the Crowds at the Total Eclipse: Go Camping
It's far too late to get a hotel room, but if you don’t mind sleeping under the stars, you’ve still got options
Citizen Scientists Chase Total Solar Eclipse
Non-scientists are being recruited to collect data on everything from the Sun’s outer atmosphere to animal behavior
The Evolution of a Scientific American Graphic: Solar Eclipses
Data designer Jan Willem Tulp provides a peek behind the scenes, and describes how he developed several visualizations for an article in the August 2017 issue
A Partial Eclipse Is Interesting; a Total Eclipse Is Mind-Blowing
Photos don’t do it justice—it’s perhaps the most spectacular natural phenomenon you’ll ever see
What the Polarized U.S. Needs Is an Eclipse Fix
It helped bring national healing in 1878, so can’t history repeat itself?
The Great American Eclipse
In advance of the big solar eclipse on August 21, author and journalist David Baron talks about his new book American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World ...
Mysteries of Sun's Corona on View During Upcoming Eclipse
From ground, sky and space, researchers are ready to test latest technologies on the Great American Eclipse
For an Almost Daily Eclipse, Go to Mars
Earth may get great solar eclipses, but they don't happen all the time
Science in a Moon Shadow
The rare spectacle of a total solar eclipse has given scientists throughout history fleeting opportunities to delve into everything from the sun’s chemistry to Einsteinian relativity to Earth’s place in the solar system...