Maximum Point: Best Location to View the Eclipse
The maximum point of the eclipse will take place near Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 18:20 UTC. Here, totality will last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
First Total Solar Eclipse in USA Since 1979
This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since February 26, 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918.
When the Eclipse Happens Worldwide — Timeline
The eclipse starts at one location and ends at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurs.
EventUTC TimeTime in Austin*First location to see the partial eclipse beginAug 21 at 15:46:50Aug 21 at 10:46:50 amFirst location to see the full eclipse beginAug 21 at 16:48:34Aug 21 at 11:48:34 amMaximum EclipseAug 21 at 18:25:35Aug 21 at 1:25:35 pmLast location to see the full eclipse endAug 21 at 20:02:33Aug 21 at 3:02:33 pmLast location to see the partial eclipse endAug 21 at 21:04:21Aug 21 at 4:04:21 pm
* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from Austin. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse begins, is at its maximum, and ends, somewhere else on Earth.
Phases and Local Times of this Eclipse
START 11:40 am Aug 21
MAX Aug 21 1:10 pm
END Aug 21 2:39 pm
Bring eye protection, and never look at the sun without that protection if ANY PART of its bright disk is visible! But please don't hide under your bed from the dangers of "eclipse rays" or some other such hooey. You'll be missing the event of your lifetime!