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Can’t Get to Totality? NASA Announces Live Coast to Coast Coverage of the Solar Eclipse

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The Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017, is sure to be a spectacle to behold. Getting to totality could be a spectacle of its own.  According to, estimates of 1.7 million to 8 million travelers could drive to points in the path of totality. This would be in addition to the 12 million people already living in the path of totality. Approximately 200 million Americans live within a one day drive (500 miles) of the center of the path. The National Transportation Safety Board is warning drivers to be prepared for heavy traffic before and after the eclipse. They are also urging drivers to carry food, water, and extra fuel, especially for those traveling in and near the path of totality.

For Texans, who may not want to risk the crowds and are content to wait until totality visits our state in 2024, there are alternative ways to see the eclipse. NASA Television will host live coverage of the entire event. Their broadcast will span from coast to coast, and feature unique vantage points on the ground and from aircraft and spacecraft, including the International Space Station.

Live Coverage: ‘Through the Eyes of NASA’

Total Solar Eclipse
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Programming begins at 11 a.m. CDT with a preview show hosted from Charleston, South Carolina. The main show begins at 1 p.m. and will cover the path of totality the eclipse will take across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The program will feature views from NASA research aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and specially-modified telescopes. It also will include live reports from Charleston, as well as from Salem, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Beatrice, Nebraska; Jefferson City, Missouri; Carbondale, Illinois; Hopkinsville, Kentucky; and Clarksville, Tennessee.

You can watch NASA’s live coverage using any of the following:


  • NASA App for iOS on iTunes.
  • NASA App for Android on Google Play.
  • NASA App for Amazon Fire and Fire TV on
  • The NASA App is also available to Apple TV users.

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