You’ve been waiting for this moment (literally just 2.5 minutes) for a long time (38 years since the last eclipse), and you don’t want to miss any of the party. Here’s an itinerary of the morning’s extraordinary happenings:
10:22 The moon touches the sun’s edge. Use your glasses or another filter to safely experience First Contact.
10:23-11:41 Over the course of these 80 minutes, the moon appears to take an ever-growing bite from the sun as it becomes a shrinking sliver. Beads of light will shine through in certain places and disappear from others. Temperatures cool, and the the sky gradually darkens from deep blue to twilight to black.
11:42 The eclipse approaches totality. As the last bit of the sun’s sliver shrinks away, the corona appears, and the Baily’s bead effect begins. Beads of light dance around the sun, then fade away as the final bead brightens and expands into the highly-anticipated diamond ring effect.
11:43 The eclipse reaches totality. Remove your glasses for the next magical 2 minutes and 26 seconds. Catch an inimitable look within the universe as the eclipse creates a revealing hole cut into the sky. If you can pull your eyes away from this spectacle, notice the orange horizon that surrounds you. Most of all, appreciate this incredible but evanescent phenomenon.
11:45 Totality ends. Put your glasses back on to see the moon’s journey back across the sun.
1:09 The moon is completely out of the sun’s shadow, and the remnants of the total eclipse flame out as quickly as they flew in.
Hours before the Moon prepares to make its journey between the Sun and the Earth thousands will set out to seek the perfect place to experience their moment in the Shadow. Luckily for you, Casper is entirely within the line of totality and for most that perfect place might just be your back yard or front porch. For others we’ve identified a number of viewing locations to meet your needs, whether you seek a location to accommodate your group with a number of tripods and photography equipment or a few choice seats for your family with concessions and amenities nearby.
We want this to be a great party for everyone, so please be respectful to nearby businesses and residents. Do not park or congregate in places that would inhibit anyone else from enjoying the show. Though you’ll feel like life stops during the eclipse, customary rules and laws aren’t suspended, so please stay out of private or restricted areas, and don’t cross fences or barricades. This is still the wild West, so enter open/public areas at your own risk, and inspect all areas before you and your family get settled. And it goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. Please leave the area in better condition than you found it so Casper will be just as beautiful the next time you’re here.
Be the light of the party – safely
Your eclipse memories should be some of the brightest of your life, so we want to provide a safe experience. Because a huge part of this experience is looking into the sun, follow these rules to prevent serious eye damage or even blindness.
Never look directly into the sun without protection. Use any of the following:
- Special Eclipse Glasses or welder’s goggles rated 14 or higher
- Specially designed solar telescopes or solar binoculars
- Telescopes, cameras and binoculars with approved solar filters or pinhole projector
- PLEASE NOTE: Sunglasses DO NOT provide sufficient protection
During the 2.5 minutes of totality, protective eyewear is unnecessary, but please put your specialty shades back on after totality.
WHERE TO GET YOUR GLASSES
- Check back for glasses pick up locations in Casper
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