On Monday, August 21st one of nature’s most unique phenomena, a total eclipse of the sun, will take place in North America and Nebraska will be a prime location for viewing. The path of “totality” where the moon will completely black out the sun will move from one end of the state to the other and is less than one hour’s drive from Omaha at places like Lincoln, Beatrice and Grand Island in the east, Scottsbluff, Alliance and North Platte in the west.
Even if you don’t leave Omaha you’ll be in for an amazing show with the partial solar eclipse having a magnitude of .98. In other words at its peak most of the sun will be blocked out by the moon. Click here to see animation of how the eclipse will look from Omaha.
Here is the path of totality running just south of Omaha.
Here's how to make a pinhole viewer.
Many of us had our first experience with an eclipse using a pinhole viewer. Here is an easy way to make one for you and your family. All you need is an empty cereal box. Click here and watch the video to learn how.
Looking for Glasses?
Finding safe glasses to observe the eclipse is getting more and more difficult. While there are no guarantees click here to find some potential places that still might have them.
Are your glasses safe?
There have been numerous news stories in the last few days about the potential sale of counterfeit solar eclipse glasses. The American Astronomical Society has put together a website with information about reputable vendors. If you have concerns about your glasses click here to find out more information.
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Fun Facts for the 2017 Total Eclipse in Nebraska (from eclipsewise.com)
Across Nebraska (from west to east) the width of the path of totality grows from 68.2 to 70.1 miles.
(average width is 69.2 miles)
- Across Nebraska (from west to east) the central line duration of totality increases from 2 minutes 30 seconds to 2 minutes 38 seconds.
Across Nebraska (from west to east) the speed of the Moon's shadow decreases from 1649 to 1508 mph.
(average speed is 1579 mph)
- The center of the Moon's shadow sweeps across entire state of Nebraska (from west to east) in just 17 minutes 51 seconds (a distance of 467 miles).
- Before 2017, the last two total solar eclipses visible from Nebraska were on 1954 Jun 30 and 1869 Aug 07.
- After 2017, the next two total solar eclipses visible from Nebraska will be on 2106 May 03 and 2178 Jun 16.
Use this NASA interactive map to plot the eclipse from your home or wherever you'll be watching on August 21st.
Safety Tips from Nasa.gov
Visit these websites for more information on the Great American Eclipse: