2017 Solar Eclipse

2017 Solar Eclipse

Where will you be on August 21, 2017? That’s when a total solar eclipse will cross the state of Nebraska.

It’s been four decades since a solar eclipse crossed through the lower 48, but even that one, in February 1979, crossed only a handful of states in the Pacific Northwest.

Not so with the total solar eclipse that’s coming on August 21, 2017. The 68-mile wide, 2,500-mile-long path crosses the U.S. from coast to coast and touches a dozen states – including a fabulous path across Nebraska.

If you don’t know where you’ll be on August 21, 2017, you should make plans now to make sure you see this. The next total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. won’t happen until 2024 (and that one won’t cross Nebraska). Many hotels and campgrounds along the path of the eclipse are already filling up. (no, really!) More than 300 million U.S citizens are within a one- or two-day drive of the central path, and interest is very high.

Interactive Eclipse Map

Click on the map image below to go to an interactive eclipse map. The dark band shows the area of total eclipse. Outside that band you’ll see a partial eclipse. The closer you get to the blue line, the longer the total eclipse duration. On the interactive map you can click on a town/location and get eclipse times and statistics for that specific spot.

2017 Solar Eclipse

Nebraska Towns Data

Following is a summary of some Nebraska cities near or in the path of the total eclipse, with specific times given.

2017 Solar Eclipse

(times are local)

City First
Obs. %
Alliance 10:27:08 11:49:14 11:51:44 13:13:44 100 2m30s
Alma 11:32:33 14:25:41 98.7
Arapahoe 11:31:38 14:24:24 98.9
Benkelman 11:28:54 14:21:29 96.5
Bertrand 11:32:06 14:24:40 99.7
Bridgeport 10:26:39 11:49:33 11:50:49 13:16:44 100 1m17s
Cambridge 14:31:11 14:23:55 98.6
Central City 11:34:57 12:59:29 13:01:22 14:26:59 100 1m54s
Curtis 11:30:37 14:22:50 99.4
Eustis 11:31:26 14:23:44 99.8
Geneva 11:35:38 13:00:19 13:02:53 14:28:29 100 2m34s
Gothenburg 11:31:15 12:55:29 12:56:59 14:23:10 100 1m30s
Grand Island 11:34:20 12:58:34 13:01:09 14:26:36 100 2m34s
Hastings 11:34:16 12:58:53 13:01:07 14:26:58 100 2m14s
Holdrege 11:32:32 14:25:15 99.7
Hebron 11:35:40 13:01:10 13:02:36 14:29:00 100 1m26s
Kearney 11:33:03 12:57:34 12:59:29 14:25:30 100 1m54s
Lexington 11:31:56 12:56:32 12:57:46 14:24:08 100 1m14s
Lincoln 11:37:15 13:02:36 13:03:53 14:29:47 100 1m17s
McCook 11:30:24 14:23:06 97.9
Minden 11:33:17 12:58:39 12:59:11 14:26:00 100 0m32s
North Platte 11:30:17 12:54:06 12:55:49 14:21:47 100 1m43s
Omaha 11:38:27 14:30:19 98.5
Oxford 11:32:05 14:24:59 98.9
Red Cloud 11:34:00 14:27:19 99.5
Scottsbluff 10:25:50 11:48:11 11:49:53 13:15:26 100 1m42s
St. Paul 11:34:09 12:58:25 13:00:28 14:26:00 100 2m02s
Stratton 11:29:24 14:21:59 97.2

Nebraska should be a great place to watch the eclipse. There’s promising climatology, wide open spaces, and an interstate highway that follows the general trend of the eclipse path. This allows for clouds to be sidestepped by a quick move to a new location.

Solar Esclipse Facts

  • During a total solar eclipse, conditions in the path of totality can change quickly. In addition to getting dark, air temperatures can drop as much as 30 degrees.
  • During a total solar eclipse, some animals tend to act confused or prepare for sleep.
  • The speed of the moon as it moves across the sun is approximately 1,398 miles per hour.
  • A total solar eclipse can last a maximum of 7 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • Eclipses have inspired awe for generations. Ancient historian Herodotus wrote that two warring factions, the Medians and Lydians, dropped their weapons and declared peace upon seeing an eclipse circa 585 B.C.
  • Thinking about observing a solar eclipse? Don’t look directly at one. Even a brief glimpse can lead to permanent eye damage. Instead use an eclipse viewer.

Final Notes

There’s no question that excitement is building about the 2017 eclipse. The key reason: it’s close to home for millions of people. And since August 21 occurs during the summer vacation season, this eclipse has the potential to be seen by more people than any other in history.

The regional weather patterns may dictate where early planners head for this event, but in the days leading up to the eclipse, your attention should turn to weather forecasts for August 21st itself. Predictions reliable enough for serious decision making can be had a week in advance.

Even if you can’t get to the total eclipse path, everyone in North America will see something grand that day. Looking up from Los Angeles – using safe viewing techniques of course – people will see 62% of the sun covered by the moon. From Boston, it’ll be 62%. It’ll be worth viewing the partially eclipsed sun even from such widely separated locations as Anchorage (46%) and Honolulu (27%).

If you’re reading this article, you’re perhaps already making or thinking about eclipse plans. But the challenge for all of us is to convince family, friends, and neighbors that this isn’t just for astronomers – it’s something everyone should see. We think they should see it in Nebraska!

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