What is Solquest 2017?

Sol Quest 2017 is an online portal collecting the experiences of Americans during the 2017 total eclipse.

The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, in Ravenna, Nebraska.

On August 21st 2017, a total solar eclipse occurred across the USA – the first of its kind for 38 years.

Millions of Americans gathered from Salem, Oregon through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee to Charlestown, South Carolina.

Although many Americans were only aware of the event a matter of weeks or months beforehand, for some this had been a much anticipated event for years and the subject of much excitement. Total solar eclipses are by no meansĀ rareĀ events, in fact they occur fairly frequently (ever year or so) at disparate locations all across the world. However, because of the sporadic nature of their locations ordinary folks who aren’t willing to jump on a plane or drive for hours on end might only get one or two chances to witness such an event in their lives.

Map of the solar eclipse 2017.

The August 2017 eclipse effected thousands of people in America, mostly because of the central path that it took through the country. The central states of America, whilst beautiful, often get short shrift from the rest of the country; the total eclipse was therefore instrumental in drawing attention to these often overlooked locations and bringing visitors from all across the US to experience what would be for many a once in a lifetime experience.

This site collects the experiences of those Americans who were brought together by the eclipse, cataloguing their journeys from their homes to the spot they experienced totality at.