The Best Place to See the Solar Eclipse This Summer

Posted on Jul 5 2017 - 8:58pm by Editorial Staff

For the first time since 1979, the United States will be witness to a total eclipse. The eclipse’s path will make its way across 14 states, from the Pacific to the Atlantic – a journey that hasn’t been made in nearly 100 years. This summer, on August 21st, millions of Americans across the country will be able to partake in the beautiful and awe-inspiring astronomical event.

The event will only be able to be seen over a very narrow track. Based on this, we have found the best place to view the total eclipse this August: Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The eclipse itself will be visible over Jackson at approximately 11:35am, and the total eclipse will last for 2 minutes and 20 seconds, while a partial eclipse will be visible until 1pm Mountain Standard Time.

It’s the best place to view the eclipse, because not only will you get a clear view of the event, you are also in one of the prettiest places in America. To complete your stay to Jackson Hole, visit Stay for a week and soak up the wild beauty of the mountains, stay for the eclipse, and have one unforgettable summer vacation.

What You Need to Know About the Total Eclipse

A total eclipse is when the moon hides the sun from view, casting a black shadow in front of the sunlight. It is awe-inspiring and rare to see, but you can’t look at it with your naked eye! Total eclipses happen because, to our view, the moon and the sun are the same size. When the moon blocks the sun, only the sun’s corona can be seen, casting a beautiful glow around the moon.

When the total eclipse happens, the entire sky goes dark. So dark, that if you’re away from the city, like you will be in Jackson Hole, you will be able to see the stars. The only wild card about the situation is the weather. Fingers crossed it’ll be a clear day!

Be Careful with Your Eyesight

Usually, the sun is so bright you can’t look at it for too long. During an eclipse, the “brightness” that has us look away from the sun after a few seconds is gone, but the dangerous rays that can blind or hurt our eyes is still present. Typically, you will be fine during the two minutes of total eclipse, as the sun is mostly blocked out, but outside of that narrow time frame, your eyes are at risk. Be prepared and bring safety glasses with you!

You must make sure these glasses are safe for solar eclipses. Regular sunglasses will not work. Best be safer than sorry!

When August 21st comes around, make it special by watching one of the most stunning natural events we can witness with our own eyes. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a perfect spot to not only view the total eclipse, but it offers so much more in terms of hiking, sightseeing, and other extreme outdoor sports that you can truly make this trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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