2017 Eclipse Maps & SHP Files – You can Contribute Your Experience via Crowdsourced maps and more

There’s many Eclips maps, webmaps, web apps online and it seems many more will be created over the next several days. To date we’ve seen some great maps sharing where to view the Eclipse, how to understand the science behind the event, and much more – see Eclipse Viewability Map created by the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies as a fine example. The Clemson Center for GIS is now asking those watching the Eclipse to contribute to this crowdsourced Story Map.


About the Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the continental United States, starting in the Pacific Northwest at around 9am Pacific Daylight Time and ending along the Southeast Atlantic coast at around 4pm Eastern Daylight Time. The eclipse will be visible across most of the country, but the path of totality, where the moon will completely obscure the sun, will be only about 70 miles wide, stretching from the Oregon coast across the central part of the country and down through Charleston, South Carolina.

NASA has  fabulous resource sharing Eclipse maps for each State that will experience complete eclipse viewing. Additionally, they have an interactive map and downloadable SHP files, KML files and more! NASA has created a fabulous video describing how they use various data products to create compelling visualizations to explain the eclipse.

Tennessee eclipse path map (Credit: NASA)
Tennessee eclipse path map (Credit: NASA)

Downloadable GIS (SHP) files:

The umbra, path, and center line in shapefile
The umbra, path, and center line in shapefile

More Eclipse maps of interest:


Have you found or created a cool Eclipse map? Please do tell us about it via twitter @geojobegis

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