A few useful (and ridiculous) 2017 solar eclipse maps from across the internet
It’s safe to say that eclipse-mania is reaching an all-time high. As towns and parks in the path of totality brace for massive crowds, excitement on social media is growing. At this point, I’d say Twitter is certifiably (and not unexpectedly) out of control. It all started with Joshua Stevens, a data visualization and cartography pro who works with NASA, and his declaration that there’s no such thing as “too many eclipse maps”. Enter: the Sunsquatch Map. Basically, it’s a map of places where you can potentially see both the eclipse AND Bigfoot at the same time. Many think that ol’ Squatch is nocturnal, so if you’re dedicated to finding him, I guess an eclipse isn’t a bad time to look.
“There are no more eclipse maps to make”
Challenge accepted. pic.twitter.com/PnFJSXeSiY
— Joshua Stevens (@jscarto) August 3, 2017
Of course, Sunsquatch was just the beginning of the eclipse map meme that quickly blew up. That led to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s advice on finding Lizardmen during the eclipse. The Lizardmen, if you don’t know, are 7-foot-tall, bipedal, humanoid lizard creatures that have the strength to rip a car in half and primarily live in Lee County, South Carolina. A rash of sightings, animal deaths, and mysterious, three-toed footprints in the late 1980s and early 1990s led to a good amount of publicity from monster hunters and curious visitors alike, and people still occasionally report sightings today.
— SCEMD (@SCEMD) August 9, 2017
There is also a UFO eclipse map. I actually might buy into this one. The eclipse is a major phenomenon that occurs in space. Why wouldn’t aliens theoretically want to investigate the event… or use the cover of darkness to abduct innocents?
JS: “This is the last possible eclipse map possible”
Challenge accepted. pic.twitter.com/GAPdd0miMM
— John Nelson (@John_M_Nelson) August 3, 2017
On a lighter note, here’s a “Total Eclipse of the Heart” inspired map, which included places with heart-themed names that are in the path. Side note, as cliched as it seems, this song on repeat is the perfect soundtrack for your eclipse-viewing event.
Love this thread. Here’s my contribution: Forever’s gonna start tonight pic.twitter.com/66KWu4ocMb
— Bryan Debus (@BryanDebus) August 3, 2017
And, in the same vein, a list of places with “eclipse-themed” names where you can watch the event. Mostly streets and businesses with “eclipse” in the name, in case you were curious.
I see your Sunsquatch, and raise you, Eclipception! pic.twitter.com/9UVMKlawxy
— HD (@HarelDan) August 3, 2017
We also found this map of the tiny, tiny section of Route 66 that falls within the path. Is there a reason? Not really, but watching Mother Moon cross in front of the sun while on the Mother Road seems kinda special.
Get your eclipse on Route 66 pic.twitter.com/LG8gihQLGm
— Craig Williams (@williamscraigm) August 13, 2017
For some reason, someone thought that the world needed a map of all of the Waffle Houses in the eclipse path. Honestly, Waffle House will probably be less crowded than the local park. It’s not a bad place to grab a bite to eat and watch the fun.
Been doing mult. news interviews about the (let’s face it) kind of silly Waffle House map. Took 45 minutes to make–not complicated. 1/ pic.twitter.com/TRnPv37orH
— Jerry Shannon (@jerry_shannon) August 15, 2017
Here’s a map comparing the running route Forrest Gump took in the movie of the same name to the eclipse path. Run, moon, run!
— 🌻kate (@pokateo_) August 8, 2017
Or, if you’d like to spend your time of daytime darkness in an appropriately dark setting, here are cemeteries in the path of the total eclipse.
For all the kids in black out there. The gothest place to watch the eclipse: from a cemetery.
— Darrell Fuhriman (@nixzusehen) August 4, 2017
If you wanna get really meta (and have a few thousand bucks to burn, or you need a new car) here’s a list of Mitsubishi Eclipses for sale in the totality path.
Eclipse For Sale.
— HD (@HarelDan) August 10, 2017
And, my personal favorite, here’s a list of places where you can get a solar e-clips during the solar eclipse. Well, a list of the SportsClips in the path of the event, to be specific.
— Shannon Gonzales (@yavannie24) August 5, 2017
I think it’s safe to say that we’ve covered basically any eclipse scenario you could possibly want, at this point. Until then, bring on the eclipse-themed fun. We only get to enjoy this once every couple dozen years or so!
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