Solar eclipse Aug. 21, 2017 in Tampa Bay area

The Great American Eclipse

TAMPA (WFLA) – What an exciting solar eclipse day! Here was the timing for the Tampa Bay area.

The roughly 70-mile wide strip of totality (where the total solar eclipse will occur) passed from Oregon to South Carolina. In Tampa, we had a partial solar eclipse with the sun about 81 percent obscured by the moon at its peak at 2:50 p.m.

The visibility of the eclipse in the Tampa Bay area was great for the event (Forecast)Jacksonville

2:47:44 p.m. – 90.5%St. Petersburg

2:49:57 p.m. – 80.4 %Tampa2:50:00 p.m. – 81.4%Orlando

2:51:16 p.m. – 85.2%Miami

2:58:26 p.m. 78.2%

Solar Eclipse Aug. 21, 2017 Facts:

  • Path will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, at 12:05 p.m. EDT to Charleston, South Carolina at 4:09 p.m.
  • It will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.
  • It will be a partial solar eclipse in Tampa Bay area; 81 percent of the sun will be covered
  • Part of the sun will be covered for three hours, from beginning to end
  • It will reach full coverage for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds
  • Last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was Feb. 26, 1979
  • The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918
  • The next total solar eclipse visible over the continental U.S. will be on April 8, 2024


The NASA cameras followed the eclipse totality across the country from a series of 50 cameras attached to balloons at elevations of up to 100,000 feet.


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