Wednesday, 8 July 2015

In just two years... USA Solar Eclipse

On the 21st of August 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse in the USA. This eclipse is expected to draw thousands and thousands. It is therefor essential that we put some thought into planning where and how to get there and where to stay now. And that is what Denise and I are doing now. But first we want to experience the country side along the eclipse path and I decided a blog about what we find along the way might be useful.

Last October we had a solar eclipse conference and the upcoming eclipse in the USA was discussed at length by several presenters. I found Nebraska to especially appealing for a number of reasons.

1) Movement - there are interstate highways going through Nebraska that are inside the central path. This presents a real challenge for the eclipse. By no means should anyone stop along the road for the eclipse. That is a recipe for disaster. Best to head to a rest area and those are expected to fill up early. A better idea is to proceed to an exit, get off, and locate at the edge of a parking lot if doing this all at the last second.

2) Sky - this is big sky country with a rolling terrain. Although the eclipsed Sun will be high in the sky (about 60 degrees up from the horizon) and terrain will not be a major factor, it is the wide open spaces.

3) Kramer - and we found a place called Kramer that needs a visit to see if it is a good place to observe. There is a bar and grill there, so it shows real promise.

More details as our travel plans are solidified. At this point it looks like we will be moving through the area during the first week of August.

-Bill webmaster