Your Soundtrack to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

We're just days away from the Great American Solar Eclipse of Aug. 21, and millions of eager skywatchers are beginning to flock to the line of totality to see day turn into night as the moon moves in front of the sun. Whether you're taking a road trip to see totality or enjoying a partial eclipse from home, you may want some tunes to get you in the mood for this exciting celestial encounter.

Here are's picks for the best music to listen to before, during and after the solar eclipse. With more than 4 hours of music, your ears can enjoy the eclipse for the same amount of time that viewers along the line of totality will see the moon glide across the sun. 

You can listen to the playlist in the window below, or listen on Spotify

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Hanneke Weitering
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.