Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

In the past 38 years, none of the lower 48 states of the United States have been able to view a total solar eclipse. The last one was in February 1979. On August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will be visible from the United States; it is being called the “Great American Eclipse.” A total solar eclipse is when the moon completely covers the sun. During a total solar eclipse, temperatures will drop and the area will become dark. Total solar eclipses aren’t rare, but they are for those who live in the United States. The next eclipse to hit this area won’t be until August 2024.

The Sandhills of Nebraska will be the central location for viewing the total solar eclipse. Nebraska has treeless prairies, low light pollution, and open skies. There are many viewing points in Nebraska that allow you to be in the path of totality. The path of totality means that the total solar eclipse will be visible, if you’re not in the path of totality, the eclipse will be a partial eclipse. Interstate 80 from North Platte to Lincoln and Highway 385 near Alliance are in the path of totality. It is best to stay as far west in Nebraska for the most ideal viewing points.

Alliance, Nebraska, which is one hour away from Sandhills Motel, is on the centerline of the eclipse. This means that Alliance will have one of the longest viewing times of the total solar eclipse, which is 2.5 minutes. There will be viewing areas set up all around Alliance at places such as Carhenge, Alliance Airport, and Laing Lake Park. Alliance is even celebrating by having “The Weekend of the Eclipse.” This will be filled with food, bands, arts, and games. Along with these activities, different educational opportunities will be happening. The solar eclipse will start its partial phase at 10:27 a.m. MDT with its totality starting at 11:49 a.m. MDT. There are high chances of having no clouds in the sky.

Nebraska is the closest destination for over 30 million Americans, and is expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors from North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, and even Canada.

The Sandhills Motel is in a prime location for those who want to view the total solar eclipse in August. Within traveling distance from towns such as Alliance and Highway 385, Sandhills Motel will be the best option. For those who choose to watch the eclipse in Mullen, Nebraska the partial phase starts at 10:30 a.m. MDT and the totality starts at 11:53 a.m. MDT. The duration of the eclipse is 1 minute and 24 seconds.