Millions of people across the United States will get to see a total eclipse of the sun Aug. 21.
And while California is not in the 14-state path for the full solar eclipse, San Luis Obispo County residents will still be able to see it — just not in its totality.
Those interested in tracking the eclipse have a wealth of knowledge to pull from online, and here are a few websites with stunning interactives as well as public activities such as Google’s Megamovie project to help you make the most out of this rare event.
It also tells users exactly how far (in miles) they would need to travel to see the total eclipse.
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It goes without saying NASA has a plethora of valuable eclipse-tracking material available online.
One option is the maps that show the direct flight path broken down by state and time the eclipse will occur in each region.
Google and UC Berkeley teamed up to create an online simulator that will show the path of the sun over a three-hour period at any location during the time of the eclipse.
Check out the simulation for San Luis Obispo here.
Plus, they’ll be producing a “high definition, time-expanded video of the total solar eclipse” that will be pieced together “from images collected by citizen scientists at various points along the eclipse path.”
The Washington Post created a user-friendly interactive map that travels the path of the solar eclipse.
From the Oregon coast to eastern South Carolina, the map offers interesting information about many cities in the path of totality, including duration of the eclipse in that area, best places to view and other eclipse-related festivities.
Viewing parties and festivals will be held across the country. Type in the name of your city to find events around you, eclipse conditions and what the “maximum phase” should look like in your area.
In San Luis Obispo County, the Atascadero Library and the Central Coast Astronomical Society will host a viewing of the partial eclipse starting at 9 a.m. There will be a discussion and presentation afterward.