2017 Eclipse Parties

There’s a big astronomical event this year and the Astronomy Picture of the Day for 1/31/2017 features the solar eclipse.

Are you planning to see the American Eclipse on August 21? A few hours after sunrise, a rare total eclipse of the Sun will be visible along a narrow path across the USA. Those only near the path will see a partial eclipse. Although some Americans live right in path of totality, surely many more will be able to get there after a well-planned drive. One problem with eclipses, though, is that clouds sometimes get in the way. To increase yourclear-viewing odds, you might consult the featured map and find a convenient destination with a historically low chance (more blue) of thick clouds overhead during totality. Given the large fraction of Americans carrying camera-equipped smartphones, this American Eclipse may turn out to be the most photographed event in the history of the world.

It might be an idea to plan a jaunt up to Idaho or Oregon this summer to see day turn into night for a few moments.

Update: Roadtreking gathering.

Now’s the time to reserve your spot for our Roadtreking Total Eclipse Boondocking Gathering Aug. 18-22, just south-east of Prairie City in Oregon, almost directly on the centerline of this magnificent event.

Eastern Oregon offers some of the best chances for a clear, cloudless sky, and Prairie City is about as close to the centerline as you can get when the total eclipse occurs at 10: 24 AM on August 21st..

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