Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve likely heard all of the buzz about the Total Solar Eclipse that’s coming to a sky near you on August 21st. Well, a sky near you if you live in or around the path, as we do here in Boise.

Nasa calls it “one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights,” and is a great resource for information. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

Idaho is one of 14 states where the moon is expected to obliterate the sun for one or two minutes along a thin path on Monday morning. The sky will begin darkening about 10:15 a.m., with peak darkness at about 11:25 a.m.

The Idaho Statesman reports Emmett, Weiser, Horseshoe Bend, Stanley, Sun Valley and Idaho Falls are among the Idaho towns in the totality zone. Between 300,000 and 500,000 visitors, along with untold locals, are expected to watch the eclipse in Idaho.

Boise itself is not in the path of totality, but rather in the 96 percent range.

And, remember you never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality. That could severely hurt your eyes. However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing – which requires some type of filtering device and indirect viewing where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse. Click here for eclipse viewing techniques and safety.

So, if you’re not sure whether you want to get caught up in the anticipated traffic jams and overpriced hotels all over the state, click the link below. You can type in your zip code to see what your view will be. Then you can decide whether you need to venture out or stay put!




Solar Eclipse 101 | National Geographic

Mr. Eclipse: Chasing Eclipses Led Retired NASA Employee To His True Love | Solar Eclipse 2017 | TIME

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Read More and Source:

NASA; https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Time.com; http://time.com/4882923/total-solar-eclipse-map-places-view/; http://search.time.com/?site=time&q=eclipse%20zip%20code

The Idaho Statesman; http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/article167892602.html