The closest place to Seattle for you to take in the full solar eclipse this month

August 3, 2017

On August 21, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth and its path will cast a shadow across the United States, but you won't be able to see it in full from Seattle. 

Path of a solar eclipse that will cross the United States on August 21, 2017

This is what you'll see from Seattle, or at least from our downtown studio.

While you can take in about 90 percent of the eclipse from here, and you'll be able to see at least partial coverage from almost anywhere in North America, you'll have to head to Salem to see the eclipse in totality (though Portland will get you 99.7 percent moon coverage).

The eclipse will reach totality at approximately 10:18 a.m., which means you'll have to start on your five to six hour drive from Seattle around 5:00 a.m., and even earlier if you want to guarantee a spot to park your butts as the city is expecting between 50,000 and 125,000 visitors, nearly doubling the town's population.

You might ask yourself, "Is it worth it?" The next time a solar eclipse of this magnitude crosses the United States will be August 12, 2045, and the closest place to Seattle to see it will be Northern California (a tad further than Salem) and it might conflict with Summer Camp 2045 (actually that would be dope).

Is the trip down south worth it to you or is 90 percent good enough?

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