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New Article, Book Revisit 2017’s Great American Total Solar Eclipse

Nov. 12, 2019

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Sanlyn Buxner and her daughter Annyse Buxner use protective glasses to view the 2017 solar eclipse in North Platte, Nebraska. 


Tucson, Ariz. -- The Great American Total Solar Eclipse that crossed the continental United States Aug. 21, 2017 was one of the most anticipated celestial event of the century. NASA estimated that 215 million people – 88 % of the U.S population – observed the total eclipse either in person or electronically. 

A new popular article by Sanlyn Buxner of the Planetary Science Institute celebrates total solar eclipses and highlights her book “Celebrating the 2017 Great American Eclipse: Lessons Learned From the Path of Totality” published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 

Buxner collected the stories of 195 authors who recounted their experiences from the 2017 eclipse for the book. 

Lessons learned from the 2017 eclipse will be applicable to the next two solar eclipses that cross North America: the Oct. 14, 2023 annular eclipse, where the Moon covers all but a bright ring around the circumference of the Sun, and the April 8, 2024 total eclipse, said Buxner, Education and Communication Specialist and Research Scientist at PSI. 

“We are looking forward to 2024. This is a good time to get people excited about eclipses again,” she said. “When you read the book you really are inspired. Millions of people came together for this one event in so many ways.” 

In the September 2019 AstroBeat article “Celebrating Total Solar Eclipses,” Buxner describes her experiences observing total solar eclipses beginning with one March 29, 2006 from Cape Coast, Ghana and her recent expedition with her family to Nebraska to see the 2017 eclipse. 

“My experience wasn’t unique, and for many that awe-inspiring feeling leads to an unquenchable urge to travel the world chasing totality,” Buxner said. “For those who have witnessed such an event, their stories include a description of how time seems to stand still, the darkening of the sky and moments of complete calm as both humans and animals hush, as well as extreme jubilation of a shared extraordinary event. There is always that feeling that there is not enough time to soak it all in.” 

Visit for information on Buxner’s book and how to purchase it. Her AstroBeat article may be found at

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