Eclipse FAQ

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What is a total solar eclipse?
Essentially, it’s when the moon moves in front of the sun, covering it completely for a very short time. Stars come out, the horizon glows with a 360-degree sunset, the temperature drops and day turns to night. The darkness of the sky gives you a unique view of the beautiful corona that surrounds the sun. Important note: You’ll want to pick up a pair of eclipse glasses to see this event take place; looking directly at the sun without these specialized glasses could cause eye damage. (source:

When will it happen?
Monday, August 21st, 2017. Go ahead and clear your calendar, you won’t want to miss it. Timing of the eclipse will vary based on where you are located along the path of totality. Check out for the actual times of totality from your viewing location.

Aren’t these pretty common?
Not as common as you might think. While one happens every year or other year somewhere on earth, you have to be situated in a very narrow strip of land (called the path of totality) if you want to see the total phase of the eclipse. Otherwise, all you’ll see is a partial eclipse – more common, and honestly not nearly as cool. (source:

Which Wyoming destinations are directly along the path of totality?
Destinations that lie directly within the path of totality include: Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Dubois, Lander, Riverton, Arapahoe, Ethete, Fort Washakie, Pavilion, Shoshoni, Boysen Reservoir State Park, Wind River Canyon, Casper, Glenrock, Douglas, Lusk, Guernsey, Guernsey State Park, Glendo State Park, Wheatland, Fort Laramie National Historic Site and Torrington.


Eye Protection
We can’t stress this enough: you will need some fun and fashionable eclipse glasses in order to actually view the eclipse. (Sorry, sunglasses aren’t enough.) If these aren’t an accessory that you already have on hand – no need to worry, we have you covered. You will be able to pick up eclipse glasses at numerous places throughout Wyoming leading up to the event. 

It may sound obvious, but you will have to be able to see the sun if you want to see the eclipse. Keep an eye on the weather forecast in the days leading up to the event. If your planned area’s forecast looks cloudy or overcast, you may want to look at other areas nearby that will likely have clear skies.

Check back often for additional information about viewing the eclipse in Wyoming.

Here are some helpful links about the eclipse

Great American Eclipse 2017


Eclipse Casper

Eclipse Wind River

How to Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse

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