I am pleased to announce that in June and July 2016 my wife and I will be traveling across the USA. A major portion of the trip will be following the path of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse on our return home. We will leave Florida the end of May. We should arrive at the south rim of the Grand Canyon on June 4 to participate in their annual Star Party. I will be taking my telescope and joining other amateur astronomers (mostly from Arizona) for a week of stargazing under the clear, dark skies of northern Arizona. I participated last year and every night there were at least 40 telescopes set up in the visitor center parking lot and over 1000 visitors had the opportunity to see planets, clusters, nebulas and more. I will also be leading Constellation Tours for visitors. This year, on Wednesday, June 8, I have the special opportunity of giving a presentation at the Visitor Center about the eclipse. If you can come any of the nights of June 4-9, I would love to see you.
From there we go on to Ontario, CA for three days to participate at a home school convention. Then we drive up the coast to Oregon and gradually work our way, roughly, along the eclipse path, back to South Carolina and then home.
In the many talks I have given so far, once I have made clear how significant this event is in America and potentially in the life of a student, people get excited and begin to formulate plans to see it. This eclipse is going to be big. I estimate that, within a day-trip distance of the center line, 65 million people live. Many tour companies have reserved rooms in the path. While sixteen months seems a long way away, I know many people who have planned vacations (e.g. cruises, reunions) a year or more in advance. It’s time to give this some serious thought.
I am looking for opportunities to meet with people to discuss the eclipse. This includes speaking to private groups, civic groups, schools, churches, companies, astronomy or other clubs, and anyone else who will listen. If you would be willing to host a get together at your place (or other convenient location), please let me know. I will have copies of my book, Go See The Eclipse And Take A Kid With You, eclipse t-shirts and eclipse shades for sale. I would appreciate any contacts you may have with the media. I would also be open to taking on sponsors, keeping in mind that the goal of this trip and my book is to educate people about eclipses, in general, and the 2017 eclipse, in particular. This is about an 8000 mile trip and to keep expenses down, we will be camping.
During the trip, and especially once in the eclipse path, I will be posting information about the places we visit and people we talk to regarding their plans related to the eclipse. Many communities in the path have begun planning for the large crowds expected during the days around August 21, 2017. You can follow me at my website, goseetheeclipse.com or facebook page, go see the eclipse.
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The black line does not represent the actual route we will travel, merely the general direction after reaching southern California.