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2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Monday August 21, 2017 

Partial phase start: 10:25:50 AM (MDT) - Totality Start: 11:48:11 AM (MDT)


 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Map of Nebraska Path The Scottsbluff / Gering Area is in the path of totality for the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017! Observers there will see (appx.) 1m 42s of totality! Viewers are going to be truly amazed! There are major Nebraska cities that will fall under the eclipse’s path of totality, giving people some of the longest views of the event. Among the cities most affected will be Scottsbluff, Gering, Alliance, North Platte, Kearney, Hastings, Grand Island, Lincoln and Beatrice.

During the eclipse, the moon will pass directly between the sun and the earth, blocking light from the sun and casting the land below into shadow in the middle of the day. People under the path of the moving shadow will see the skies darken and the feel the temperature drop.

The path of totality will cross the United States, but relatively few states will be in position to see the full effect of the eclipse. About 40 percent of Nebraska will be in the path of the event. Because Nebraska has no forests or mountains to block the view and skies are generally clear, it’s considered a prime destination for viewers.

The total eclipse will be the first in the region in 99 years. There will be several eclipses that pass over the US in the 21st century. If you miss this one, you will need to wait seven years for the total eclipse in 2024.

The Gering Convention and Visitors Bureau say local hotels have already booked half of their rooms for the duration of the event.

Pre-Ordered Eclipse T-Shirts

Eclipse T-Shirts The Moon Over the Monument Eclipse T-shirts that were pre-order may be picked up starting in the afternoon of Monday, August 14, 2017.

Cost of the t-shirts, which includes sales tax, are $11.00 each for adult sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and $15.00 each for extended adult sizes of 2-XL, 3XL and 4-XL.

Questions contact Brenda at the Scotts Bluff Area Visitors Bureau - (308) 633.1808.

Official Eclipse Viewing Locations: - MAP

  • Five Rocks Amphitheater – 2505 D Street in Gering- Located along Five Rocks Road (former Highway 71) just north of the Robidoux RV Park, on the southwest edge of Gering, this outdoor amphitheater and pavilion is home to concerts and other open-air entertainment in the summer months. Named after the five sandstone rock formations that surround the venue; Dome Rock, Sentinel Rock, Eagle Rock, Saddle Rock and Crown Rock; the 1,500 permanent seats are complimented with surrounding grass-area seating and 40 x 120 pavilion with concessions stand and multiple restrooms. The venue includes a playground structure and 8 acres of buffalo grass enclosed with fencing and some of the most scenic and breathtaking views in Western Nebraska. Five Rocks Amphitheatre Eclipse Viewing Map
  • Legacy of the Plains Museum – 2930 Old Oregon Trail in Gering - Located on the Oregon Trail, the Legacy of the Plains Museum features an impressive collection of pioneer and early community artifacts, antique tractors, and farm implements; an 80-acre working farm; historic farmstead structures; and striking views of Scotts Bluff National Monument. Come live the timeless stories of the Nebraska prairie.
    For the eclipse we expect about 1,500 viewers at this location. Each guest will need to bring lawn chairs or a blanket. People movers will be available to help transport guests to the viewing area with the beautiful Scotts Bluff National Monument in sight. Each guest will receive a pair of official eclipse eyewear and a bottle of water. Breakfast and lunch options will be served. Both indoor and additional porta potties will be available for use.
  • Landers Soccer Fields in Scottsbluff - Landers soccer complex is located on the north end of Scottsbluff. With over 40 acres of open grass turf, Landers will welcome up to 3,000 guests for the eclipse viewing on August 21st, 2017. Gates will open at 8:00am. Guests will receive water and eclipse safety glasses while supplies last. Additional food, drinks, and snack items will be available for purchase and Porta Potties are available. Bluffs Broadcasting will be live on site from 10am -12pm with updates and viewing safety tips.


Moon Over the Monument  The towns of Gering and Scottsbluff are collaborating on plans for a weekend of Eclipse events for visitors and residents; Schedule of Events.

Eclipse Days at the Zoo - 8/17/17 - 8/21/17

Ever wonder how animals react during a Solar Eclipse? Join us at Riverside Discovery Center August 17th thru August 21st for special educational activities and tables related to the history and science of eclipses and their relation to animals. Then join us to watch the main event with the animals of Riverside, the Solar Eclipse, on Monday August 21st. We will have glasses available for free to all attendees. In addition we will be grilling out food all week during Eclipse Days at the Zoo and as always our wet and wild Splash Pad will be open for all the kids to cool off during those hot August days!

Historic Midwest Theater announces programming for the weekend of the 2017 Solar Eclipse - 8/18/17 - 8/20/17

Paramount’s Laser Spectacular, the Music of Pink Floyd and 35th Anniversary of “The Dark Crystal” - More Info.

Panhandle Pride - 8/19/17

Panhandle Pride will host an event on Saturday, August 19th at Frank Park in Scottsbluff from 11am to 3pm. They will have 6-8 entertainment acts during the time period as well as booths for a number of community and statewide nonprofits. In past years they have included First Christian Church, DOVES, SpeakOut, Abby Church and NE DHHS services. This year we will be adding Nebraska Appleseed, Nebraskans for Civic Reform. Last year they received donations from 36 local and regional businesses including Godfathers, Pizza Hut, Walmart, Pepsi Co, Star-Herald, Arby's, Kmart, Emporium and Riddles. The event is free and open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Best of the West Eclipse Beer & Wine Festival - 8/19/17

Location is downtown Scottsbluff on the corner of 18th Street and Broadway. Beverage Tastings are unlimited, and each participant will receive a commemorative tasting cup. Multiple food vendors will also be present where water and soft drinks can be purchased in addition to food. Parking is available behind Broadway between 18th and 19th Streets, as well as the surrounding area of Downtown Scottsbluff. Fremont Motors will be providing Sober Drivers for the safety and convenience of participating of the festival.

The Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at The Spa by TLC or Valley Bank and Trust locations in Scottsbluff and Gering. You can also buy tickets from any NEXT Young Professionals Board member, at the event or OnLine through Midwest Theater HERE.

Mitchell Chamber of Commerce presents Mitchell Nebraska Solar Eclipse Celebration - 8/19/17 - 8/21/17

5K Run/Walk - Golf Tournament - Concert in the Park - Eclipse Viewing - More Info.

Mitchell Public Library - 8/21/17

Mitchell Public Library will host a viewing of the entire eclipse, starting at 10:25 and ending at 11:50 a.m. MDT. Free viewers will be given to up to 50 people, so come early to get one. Moon cake and solar punch will be served. Library is located at 1449 Center Avenue, second building on the left from stoplight at corner of Broadway (HWY 26) and Center Avenue. Call 308-623-2222 for information.

Alaska Airlines will offer a special charter flight over the Pacific Ocean just as the sun and moon align.

Check out this story from Travel and Leisure.

Department of Transportation Safety Tips

  • Traffic volumes are really unknown and lots of variables like weather changes may come into play on August 21. Plan to get where you’re going to view the eclipse well in advance – traffic volumes may be significantly heavier than normal.
  • It will be late August, which means it very well could be hot and dry. Make sure you are prepared with supplies for high heat. Items like sunblock, bottled water and snacks are good to have on hand in your vehicle or in a backpack.
  • Don’t forget, the totality is around 2 minutes, plus or minus 30 seconds through the path of totality – but the light will be noticeably different in the hours leading up to totality and immediately after and cover the State. Please be aware of changes in traffic patterns across the State.
  • Once the eclipse is over, prepare for higher than normal traffic volumes. Pay attention, be aware and put on your seatbelt. Don’t drink and drive.
  • Don’t stop along the interstate or any roadway to view the eclipse – please exit to a safe location or designated viewing area.
  • Be aware of pedestrians on smaller local roads – people may be crossing areas where they normally don’t.
  • Avoid traveling along the main path of the eclipse during the event if at all possible.
  • Please make sure to yield to emergency response law enforcement vehicles as they respond as they need to any emergencies or traffic problems.
  • Turn your lights on manually – don’t rely on the automatic feature of your vehicle to turn them on.
  • Keep up to date on traffic by following @nebraska511, using Nebraska511 app, or by using Waze.



August 21, 2017

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