ARNOLD, Neb. (AP) — An Oklahoma landscape and storm photographer has selected a spot in the Nebraska Sandhills to record the solar eclipse.
Sean Ramsey drove about 550 miles (885 kilometers) from his home in Yukon, Oklahoma, to a spot south of Arnold, Nebraska, where a totality of 2 minutes and 33 seconds is expected Monday.
It’s a business trip for Ramsey, who plans to sell his photos. He says, “I’m not really sure what to expect when it comes to actually shooting it.”
A few miles away in Callaway, waiting eclipse watchers are being treated to an impromptu accordion concert.
Jeanne Rasp says she and her husband drove from their Nebraska home in David City to view the totality because, “It’s never going to happen again in our lifetimes” in Nebraska.
Millions of Americans are converging on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday.
It will be the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast-to-coast across the U.S. in 99 years.
With 200 million people within a day’s drive of the path of totality, towns and parks are bracing for monumental crowds. It’s expected to be the most observed, most studied and most photographed eclipse ever. Not to mention the most festive, what with all the parties.
Astronomers consider a full solar eclipse the grandest of cosmic spectacles. Southernmost Illinois will see the most darkness: 2 minutes and 44 seconds.
All of North America will get at least a partial eclipse.
“The Outer Vibe is a 5-piece indie pop self-proclaimed “surf disco” project out of Nashville, Tennessee. The group of best friends describe their sound as a musical adventure, with a bit of surf style guitar, a dance and funk-infused rhythm section, brilliant overtones with the trumpet and keys, and driven by the color and soul of a versatile lead vocalist. The band tastefully balances music conservatory precision with energy that provokes an uplifting audience response.”
The Outer Vibe will be performing at Bands on the Bricks for the second year in a row during Solar Eclipse Weekend this Sunday starting 6pm. We spoke with the band about their visit back to Alliance, how the 2017 tour year is going in their touring van “Vanakin Skywalker”, their new single songs they’ve released this year, new music and videos, and some of their views on what’s happening in the world. You can listen to the full interview below.
Plan ahead to get your best viewing and avoid traffic congestion
August 14, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) — This summer, citizens and travelers throughout a large portion of Nebraska will have the chance to see a rare celestial event – a total solar eclipse.
On August 21, 2017, the moon will block out the sun’s light, causing a total solar eclipse across approximately 468.4 miles of Nebraska from the border with Wyoming to Lincoln, Beatrice and Falls City. An influx of out-of-state visitors is also expected to come to Nebraska to witness the event.
Nebraskans should make plans early to determine where they will view the eclipse, where they will stay and how best to avoid the extra traffic congestion.
“As Nebraska is a prime viewing location, we all anticipate large crowds, which may cause heavy traffic on Nebraska interstates and highways the day of the solar eclipse. As many local communities have planned weekend events, large crowds may be possible over the weekend leading up to the actual day of the eclipse,” said Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis. “If you are interested in seeing the eclipse, we recommend planning well in advance so you can avoid the anticipated traffic.”
Nebraska will be one of 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina to experience the path of the August 21st total solar eclipse. Approximately 200 million people — a little less than two-thirds of our nation’s population — will be within a day’s drive of the path of the eclipse.
Please follow these tips to drive safely on the day of the solar eclipse:
- Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event.
- Exit the highway to a safe location to view and/or photograph the eclipse.
- Don’t take photographs while driving!
- Don’t try to wear opaque eclipse glasses while operating a vehicle.
- Turn your headlights on — do not rely on your automatic headlights when the eclipse blocks out
- Watch out for pedestrians along smaller roads. People may be randomly parking and walking
alongside the roadside in the hours around the eclipse to get the best view.
- Prepare for extra congestion, especially on the interstates in the eclipse’s path, on the day before,
day of, and day after the eclipse.
- Check traffic conditions on www.511.nebraska.gov or through the Nebraska 511 app available for
download for Android and Apple devices.
A travel restriction will be in place around the dates of the solar eclipse. Oversized-loads will not be able to travel on Nebraska highways and Interstate 80 from sunset August 18 until sunrise on August 22.
For more information on travel in Nebraska and optimal viewing locations, please visit http://neclipse17.com/ or http://outdoornebraska.gov/eclipse/. You can find information about travel safety tips at http://dot.nebraska.gov/news-media/eclipse/. For information on the solar eclipse, its path and how to view it with proper safety glasses or other techniques, visit the NASA website at http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.
According to NPPD Supervisor Corporate Media and Media Services Mark Becker, “NPPD is going to take an outage on some feeder lines located near Chadron State Park Wednesday morning from 8 to 12 to install some wildlife protection and replacing insulators. This will affect approximately two dozen residents in the area. Those customers are being contacted today about the planned outage.”
The Alliance Eclipse Committee will be hosting five special eclipse programs the weekend prior to the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017. These special astronomy programs will be held in the Performing Arts Center, 1450 Box Butte Avenue. There is no charge to attend.
Friday, August 18 @ 7:00 p.m. – The Solar Wind Sherpas Study the Corona! Dr. Martina Arndt and Mr. Ben Boe of the Solar Wind Sherpas team will talk about the rare opportunities a total solar eclipse offers researchers and astronomers to learn more about the majesty of the sun’s corona.
Saturday, August 19 @ 1:00 p.m. – Towards the New Frontier: US and the 2017 American Total Solar Eclipse. Astronomer Lawrence Berz, Maine School of Science and Mathematics and Francis Malcolm Institute Planetarium Director, will explain what happens during solar eclipses and will share his experiences observing this phenomenon.
Saturday, August 19 @ 7:00 p.m. – NASA’s Eclipse Ballooning Project. Dr. Peggy Norris of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, SD, is directing a team of students in launching a high-altitude weather balloon to 100,000 feet. The equipment they will attach will collect data and film the path of the shadow of the eclipse as it crosses western Nebraska. They are one of 55 teams in the U.S., and Alliance is one of 30 locations transmitting data to NASA.
Sunday, August 20 @ 1:00 p.m. – Eclipse Across America. Mark Bender is an eclipse chaser! He is also a professional filmmaker and educator. This summer he created the video series Eclipse Across America for the Curiosity Stream network, which features Carhenge. He is back in Alliance filming for his next production.
Sunday, August 20 @ 7:00 p.m. – SKYGLOW. Filmmaker Harun Mehmedinovic has created a time-lapse astrophotography and video series about North America’s starscapes and the threat of light pollution; and has recently published the book SKYGLOW
GRAND PRIZE – OVERALL FOR PARADE
Little Critters #49
Sheridan Livestock #46
1st #47 Panhandle Coop
2nd #46 Little Critters
1st #37 Harvest Moon
2nd #42 Hemingford Methodist Church
1st #53 Hilltop View 4H Club
2nd #42 Hemingford Methodist Church
1st #39 Highway 20 Tractors
2nd #12 1959 Ford F100 – Troy Unzicker
1st #14 Pineview Carriage Service
2nd #22 The Joseph & Sheryl Applegarth Country Gospel Band
1st #29 Alliance Marching Band
1st #38 Hemingford Cheer Squad
According to Alliance Public Schools Superintendent Troy Unzicker, “Monday, August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will be visible throughout North America. The city of Alliance is in the path of totality. Totality will last approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds in Alliance. The total time of the event will be around 3 hours. The eclipse falls on a school day and the students of Alliance Public Schools will be able to view the eclipse as a “once in a lifetime” educational opportunity. The age of the student will determine the amount of time spent on the event.”
“However, viewing an eclipse can present some risks. According to NASA, looking directly into the Sun, except during the brief total phase of the eclipse, is unsafe and can result in temporary or permanent eye damage. NASA advises that the only safe way to look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.” Ordinary sunglasses are not safe for this purpose. Please click on the link for NASA’s guidance titled How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely. We encourage you to read NASA’s guidance and explain it to your children.”
“Alliance Public Schools will have approved eclipse glasses for each student and staff member and the School staff will use their best efforts to make sure all students wear the eclipse glasses while viewing the eclipse in its partial stages. Please help us with this effort by explaining to your children the importance of keeping their School provided eclipse glasses on while viewing the eclipse in its partial stages.”
“Parents and guardians are ultimately responsible for their children and should decide whether their children should view the solar eclipse. Since neither you nor I can guarantee your child will not remove their glasses, which can result in eye damage, we are asking your assistance. If you do not want your children to view the solar eclipse at School, then you should not send them to School on August 21, 2017. If you want your child to be a part of this experience, please sign and return the consent form to the School office. Consent forms are available online (www.alliancebulldogs.org) or at your child’s building.”
“Parents who choose to keep their children at home on August 21,2017 are asked to call the School office so the staff knows that the children are where they belong and are safe. The procedures also help the School Secretaries crosscheck to know who is in School should staff need to call families as they do for absences. There will be no consequences or penalty to your children for being absent on August 21, 2017 if you have excused them. The School offices are currently open during regular school hours. You may call now before school starts to excuse your child.”
“Thank you for helping us make the 2017 solar eclipse a safe and enjoyable educational opportunity for Alliance Public Schools.”
Patrons of the Box Butte County Public Transit system are encouraged to make advance reservations for transportation during the Solar Eclipse. Telephone circuits will experience heavy usage, which may reduce the ability to call Public Transit Dispatch on Monday, August 21. Please call 762-7433 (RIDE) by Friday, August 18 to schedule your transportation.