The eclipse of August 21, 2017, dubbed "The Great American Eclipse" by the media, was a total solar eclipse visible within a band that spanned the entire contiguous United States, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts.
Prior to this event, no solar eclipse had been visible across the entire contiguous United States since June 8, 1918; not since the February 1979 eclipse had a total eclipse been visible from anywhere in the mainland United States. The path of totality touched 14 states, and the rest of the U.S. had a partial eclipse.
Thousands of people travelled great distances to view the phenomenon, joining with those already living in or near the path totality.
Over 215 million Americans reported viewing the eclipse, a vastly larger audience than even the Super Bowl, much less any other media event.