We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

Where Can You Get the Best View of the August 2017 Solar Eclipse?

Updated: Jul 08, 2017

The total solar eclipse that will briefly darken the sky on 21 August 2017 is a truly once-in-a-lifetime event -- it will be the first total eclipse to be visible from a narrow corridor across the entire continental United States in 99 years. A select group of around 50 astronomers and eclipse experts, plus the two lucky winners of an online contest, will be able to view the extraordinary event from above the clouds in the comfort of a charter Alaska Airlines flight. The Boeing 737 will take off from Portland, Oregon, on the morning of 21 August, allowing passengers to view the eclipse at 35,000 feet (10,668 m).

Who turned out the lights?

  • A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, blocking the Sun's light and leaving only a shimmering corona. A total eclipse typically lasts about four to five minutes.
  • Depending on weather conditions, the total eclipse should be visible from a 70-mile wide (113 km) corridor across 14 states, starting at 10:15 a.m. PDT in Oregon and ending at 2:49 p.m. EDT in South Carolina.
  • Details aren’t yet available for the Alaska Airlines promotion. If you are interested in catching a ride on the eclipse flight, be sure to click on one of the airline’s social media channels on 21 July.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.