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August 21, 2017 will be a total solar eclipse and Placerville will be right in the path. We will have 1 minute and 33 seconds of total darkness around 11:30 in the morning. We will have live music on Sunday night before with the Boosters hosting again great food. There is also a pancake breakfast Monday morning. The music will be 50’s and 60’s Rock and Roll. Come dance and have fun. Camping spots ate available at Rick Barber’s place 208-392-9437 and Vic Warr has spaces at 208-830-8873. With today’s date there are still spaces available. Call and make reservations soon. The State of Idaho is telling us prepare for 1.5 million coming to Idaho. We expect up to 2,000 possible in Placerville. We will have Caps, T-Shirts, Coffee ups, Shot glasses and a very collectible coin commemorating the Solar event with only up to 100 available. It’s produced by the Northwest Mint and will be numbered. Donna’s Place in town has glasses available now, 208-392-9666..
“Idaho is one of the best places in the world to observe the eclipse,” said Brian Jackson, a physics professor at Boise State University, who’s heard from people in Germany, Japan, Belgium, the Netherlands and more who are making the trip. That’s because of the combination of location within the path of totality and the chances for clear weather – clouds can obscure the whole event and are more likely in the eastern U.S.
A total solar eclipse last crossed Idaho in 1979, when the eclipse crossed over the Coeur d’Alene area. But this one will follow a diagonal track across the entire United States from Oregon to South Carolina, with a 70-mile-wide swath that cuts through 14 states. “This eclipse, for millions of people, is going to be visible either from their backyard or an hour’s drive,” Jackson said. “It’s probably going to be one of the most widely viewed eclipses in human history, just because of how accessible it is.”
An eclipse occurs when the moon moves in front of the sun, as seen from Earth. “When that happens, the sun basically winks out, and day becomes night, temperatures drop,” Jackson said. “It’s a very striking event. And it’s the sort of thing that really conks you over the head. You would definitely notice it.”
And only from the path of totality will the most spectacular part be visible: At the moment the moon fully obscures the sun, the glowing corona of the sun – which otherwise isn’t visible – shows up in a luminous crown around the dark disk.
It’s unsafe to view an eclipse – or look at the sun – without special eye protection. Eclipse glasses, with built-in filters that make it safe to look at the sun, are widely available for sale online; Weiser has made up its own, complete with eclipse logo and the date, and is selling them through the Chamber of Commerce, the local school district and more.
Total eclipses actually occur about every 18 months, Jackson said. “It’s just that the eclipse track is usually out over the ocean somewhere, so you’ve got to pay to get on a cruise ship in order to see it.”
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