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Government Information on the Great American Eclipse: Introduction

This guide provides links to Government Information about the Great American Eclipse (2017) and the Great North American Eclipse (2024)

Great American Eclipse

Great American Eclipse

Go to the Great American Eclipse website

The United States gets two back-to-back solar eclipses on October 14, 2023 and April 8, 2024! The annular solar eclipse of 2023 crosses the US from Oregon to Texas. The total solar eclipse of 2024 sweeps North America from Mazatlan to Texas, the Midwest and New England, to the Canadian Maritimes.

Total Solar Eclipse, April 8, 2024

Great North American Eclipse April 8, 2024

Eclipse Details for Hot Springs, Arkansas

Date: April 8, 2024
Partial Eclipse Begins 12:31 PM
Total Eclipse Begins 1:49 PM
Maximum Eclipse 1:51 PM
Total Eclipse Ends 1:53 PM
Partial Eclipse Ends 3:10 PM
Duration of totality: 3.5 minutes
Obscuration during totality: 100%

Total Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

This guide provides information about the Total Solar Eclipse that occured on August 21, 2017. The path of totality will start in Salem, Oregon and end in Charleston, South Carolina. This guide includes sites that provide scientific and other information about the eclipse, including some that provide links to vendors that sell glasses and other equipment that can be used to safely view and photograph the eclipse.

Eclipse Details for Hot Springs, Arkansas

Date: August 21, 2017
Eclipse Begins 11:46 AM
Maximum Eclipse 1:16 PM
Eclipse Ends 2:45 PM
Duration: 2 hours & 59 minutes
Obscuration: 89%

Solar Eclipse Obscuration (Definition)

The fraction of the sun’s area covered by the moon.

Source: NASA Eclipse Glossary

Solar Eclipse Magnitude (Definition)

The fraction of the apparent diameter of the sun covered by the moon. By convention it is usually quoted at maximum phase.

Source: NASA Eclipse Glossary

USPS Total Solar Eclipse Stamp

USPS Total Solar Eclipse Stamp

The images above show the Forever stamp that will be issued in honor of the eclipse by the U.S. Postal Service. The USPS will issue a first-of-its-kind heat-sensitive stamp that changes when touched. The first day of issue will be June 20, 2017 (the day of the summer solstice). Stamps can also be pre-ordered in early June from usps.com/shop. Images courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

View a video of the eclipse stamps changing from dark (eclipsed sun) to light (full moon).

Linda Zellmer

Our thanks to Linda Zellmer, Government Information & Data Services Librarian at Western Illinois University.  She researched and compiled this libguide to inform and enhance everyone's experience with the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017.  We greatly appreciate her permission to allow us to share all of her hard work with you.