Since 1900 there have been seventy-eight total solar eclipses (TSEs) in the world. Ten and only ten of these TSEs touched any of the 48 contiguous, continental states: in 1918, 1923, 1925, 1932, 1945, 1954, 1959, 1963, 1970, and 1979. That means they are uncommon, even rare, at a given location. When the 2017 TSE occurs, it will have been thirty-eight years since the last such eclipse touched any of those states. That is part of the reason why this eclipse is so special. Another reason is, by geographic coincidence, the August 2017 TSE touches ONLY the United States and no other land. It does touch ocean, of course, but if anyone wants to see this eclipse from land they must come to the USA. The third reason this eclipse is so special for us is that the path of totality spans the width of the 48 states, traveling from coast to coast, west to east, Pacific to Atlantic. The last time that happened was in 1918.
Over the next few months I will be sharing on this page a bit about the five TSEs I have traveled to see. The full story is in my book, Go See The Eclipse And Take a Kid with You. Click here to buy the Kindle version. Click here for the paperback.