On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur across the continental United States for the first time in 38 years. The next U.S. eclipse won’t happen until April 8, 2024, so this is an exciting event. It occurs when the moon blocks the sun, turning daylight into night and leaving the sun’s atmosphere momentarily visible.
The path of the total eclipse will be relatively thin, and will sweep across portions of 14 U.S. states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. However, every state will get at least a partial eclipse. To view the total solar eclipse, you must be in the path of the total eclipse.
So you may be wondering … is it worth traveling to view the total solar eclipse?
According to Keith Spencer, editor-in-chief of The Bold Italic, a total solar eclipse is worth any effort it takes to witness it. NASA has information regarding locations for watching the total eclipse at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.
The roughly 70-mile-wide path of the total eclipse enters the U.S. in Salem, Oregon and will continue through 13 more states before exiting the country in South Carolina. If you don’t live in one of these states, consider traveling to see the total eclipse. Because eclipse enthusiasts from around the world are expected to travel to the U.S. joining millions of Americans to catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon, finding accommodations may be tough. It’s best to pinpoint a location you would like to travel to in the path of the total eclipse, and start making arrangements as soon as possible. If that means more than a day’s trip for you, it may be less expensive to plan your stay in a location that’s a day-trip away from the path of the total eclipse and travel to view the eclipse on the day of the event.
There are hundreds of locations throughout the U.S. offering special eclipse-watching events. Many of these events include camping/lodging, music and food.
You don’t need to attend a special event to enjoy the splendor of the eclipse, though. You can just hop into the car with your family, and drive off to enjoy the eclipse on a beach, at a park, or even at the home of a friend or relative who lives in the path of the total eclipse.
Although the eclipse will be an amazing sight, you should not look at it with your bare eyes. You need to wear the proper NASA-approved, ISO-certified glasses. Click here to learn more and see where you can get a free pair of eclipse glasses.
Seeing the total eclipse doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Lucky for us, we’re only a day-trip away from Wyoming and Nebraska—two states that will be in the path of the total eclipse so travel expenses should be manageable. But make your plans soon; Aug. 21 will be here before you know it!