Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Road Trip

Monday, August 21, 2017
Columbia, MO

As was teased in last week’s newsletter, we are keeping a well-shielded eye on next year’s solar eclipse, the first solar eclipse of the 21st century. What makes this solar eclipse special is location of the “path of totality,” the 50-mile wide viewing path from which the sun is completely covered by the moon. Seeing a solar eclipse from within its path of totality is a special treat, indeed.

What's special about the path of totality in 2017? Location. Next year’s eclipse is being called “The Great American Eclipse” because the path of totality is primarily within the United States. What’s even more amazing is that the path of totality is centered almost perfectly on the Columbia, MO Supercharger! Take a look. The Supercharger is the red dot on the right edge. 2:33 in total eclipse:

© Michael Zeiler 2014

© Michael Zeiler 2014

The eclipse begins late morning on Monday, August 21, 2017 and ends shortly after lunchtime. We are proposing a road trip to Columbia, MO, departing north Texas on Sunday afternoon, August 20th. After an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn – Columbia East, the location of the Supercharger, we can have a tailgate party in the hotel parking lot to watch the eclipse and then depart for home in the early afternoon.

Once the media starts talking about this eclipse, venues in the path of totality are likely to fill up quickly. We’re thinking that we should act soon to reserve a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn so that we are guaranteed a place to sleep Sunday night and also a place to watch the eclipse. It’s possible we can negotiate a group discount if we contact the hotel before they realize the significance of the event.

Come join us on our cosmic Tesla adventure to Columbia, MO so you can tell your friends and family that you witnessed the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017!

And who knows? Supercharging at the exact moment of a solar eclipse may result in a convergence of stellar forces that turns your Tesla into a spaceship!

For more information on the solar eclipse, see Total Solar Eclipse 2017.