Wyoming Solar Eclipse 2017 FAQS + FACT SHEET

General Eclipse Information + Frequently Asked Questions 
What is a total solar eclipse? 
Essentially, a total solar eclipse is when the moon moves in front of the sun, covering it completely for a very short time. The stars are visible, the horizon glows with a 360-degree sunset, temperatures drop and day turns into night. The darkness of the sky gives a unique view of the beautiful corona that surrounds the sun. 

When will the eclipse occur? 
Monday, August 21, 2017. The exact timing of the eclipse varies based on where it is viewed along the path of totality. Specific times from viewing locations can be found here

Are eclipses common? 
While it seems like they’re common as eclipses happen every year or two somewhere on earth, you have to be located in a narrow strip of land (also known as the path of totality) to see the total phase of the eclipse. Otherwise, you’ll just see a partial eclipse which, while common, is not as spectacular as a total solar eclipse. 

When was the last total solar eclipse in the United States? 
The only total eclipses that have happened in the last 40 years in the U.S. were in 1979 over the northwest part of the country and in 1991 over Hawaii. 

When was the last total solar eclipse viewable in Wyoming? 
The last total solar eclipse that was visible in Wyoming was in 1918. 

Where can the 2017 eclipse be viewed? 
The total solar eclipse will begin in central Oregon and stretch across the country to South Carolina. It will be visible from a strip of land about 70 miles wide called the 
path of totality.

What makes Wyoming an ideal eclipse-viewing destination? 
With wide-open spaces, the lowest light pollution in the country and a plethora of public land access, Wyoming is certain to offer the best opportunity for a clear, crisp viewing experience. Plus, the eclipse’s path of totality will make its way through the entire central region of Wyoming as it spans more than 365 miles over the state. 

Which Wyoming destinations are directly in the path of totality? 
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, Guerney State Pak, Glendo State Park, Wheatland, Fort Laramie National Historic Site and Torrington. 

Which Wyoming destinations are close to the path of totality?
The path of totality will cross the center of Wyoming, making it easy for travelers to get to a viewing site. No matter where visitors are adventuring within the state, they can be in the path of totality within two hours. 

Viewing Tips 
Eye Protection
To see the eclipse, travelers will want to have eclipse-viewing glass. Sunglasses aren’t enough. Eclipse glasses will be available at numerous places in Wyoming or can be ordered online. 

Watch the Weather 
While this seems obvious, it’s important to note that the sun needs to be out to see an eclipse. The National Weather Service will be providing constant weather-related updates; if the forecast for specific locations looks cloudy or overcast, consider traveling to a Wyoming destination with clear skies. 

Wyoming facts + figures 
Capital: Cheyenne
Nickname: Cowboy State or Equality State
Admitted to Union: July 10, 1890 as the 44th state
Size: 97,914 square miles; 9th largest state
Highest point: Gannett Peak, 13,804 feet
Lowest point: Belle Fourche River, 3,100 feet
Population: 563,626 (the least-populated state in the U.S.)