Astronomers are calling it The Great American Eclipse. On August 21, 2017, an eclipse will start and end in Denver at 10:23:17am and 1:14:40pm respectively, with the mid-point being at 11:47:03am and covering 92% of the sun. This will be the first eclipse to span the entire continental United States in 99 years, starting on the Oregon coast, sweeping through the nation at a rapid 3000 miles per hour, and leaving the South Carolina coast an hour and a half later.
Hotels along the path of totality began receiving requests for reservations as long as 15 years ago from people anticipating this event. Roads are forecasted to be jam packed and slow on the day of the eclipse, so if you’re a pilot, you’ll probably be flying there instead. Aviation enthusiasts will be flocking to airports across the path of totality to watch from the wide open views they will most likely offer, with many of the airports hosting fly-ins, camping and/or even festivals.
Things you may need to know:
- Never look directly at the sun without special glasses. If you are in the path of totality, it’s ok to look at it without them when the moon has completely covered the sun.
- If you have plans to travel for the viewing, try not to do it the day of since many roads may be immobile.
- This event may break the internet. Billions of people will be flocking to the internet to view it on social media and other online sources.
- If you’re taking pictures, unless you have a special lens, your pictures of the sun may not turn out as well as you hope.
This eclipse even has its own website at greatamericaneclipse.com where you can find facts on the phenomena, a history of eclipses, where the best viewing spots are, and a store for memorabilia.