- Fiza Pirani The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It’s the final countdown: We are officially one month away from the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years.
This August, the sun, the moon and planet Earth will all align as space junkies revel in the most-talked-about celestial event in years.
The Aug. 21 eclipse, dubbed the Great American Eclipse by astronomers, will also mark the first time the phenomenon has occurred from coast-to-coast in nearly 100 years, giving spectators in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina the chance to get a load of the eclipse in all of its totality.
Now that we’re less than two months from the celestial spectacle, it’s time to start planning (or finalizing) road trips or booking flights.
Georgians hoping to catch the event within state borders can use the detailed map below from NASA, which identifies the eclipse’s exact path of totality on Aug. 21.
The map shows the path striking through Blairsville and Clayton for about two minutes of totality, but Clayton is closer to the center of the path and there, viewers can enjoy up to two minutes and 35 seconds of totality.
By 2:40 p.m., the eclipse will be heading into South Carolina.
Georgia’s Rabun County, which includes Clayton, is hosting a wide array of events to celebrate the big event.