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2017 Solar eclipse in Lincoln

A total solar eclipse is a meaningful life event – an awe-inspiring and fully immersive natural wonder that will be remembered for a life-time. Dr. Kate Russo, Author, Psychologist, Eclipse Chaser.

A historic event is happening on August 21, 2017 that will put Lincoln at the heart of a once in a lifetime experience. On August 21st, the United States will experience the first visible total solar eclipse since February 1979. The total eclipse will take place across the US from Oregon to South Carolina. Lincoln, which sits on the northern edge of the eclipse, will enjoy just over one minute of totality. This makes Lincoln a prime viewing area to experience the city and see the eclipse. The last total solar eclipse to take place in Lincoln was over 500 years ago.

When is this taking place?
It takes place on Monday August 21st. The partial eclipse will begin at 11:37 am and end at 2:29 pm. The total eclipse will begin at 1:02 pm and is expected to last 1 minute and 24 seconds.

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?
A total solar eclipse is an event in which the moon passes between the sun and the earth blocking part of the sun and all of it for a matter of minutes. A total solar eclipse only lasts a few minutes whereas a partial solar eclipse can last as long as three hours. This event happens rarely and can only be seen in certain parts of the world. This year it can be seen from the U.S. with the prime location to see the total solar eclipse in the state of Nebraska.

Where can it Be Seen From?
The partial solar eclipse can be seen anywhere in the U.S. and also including places in Canada, Central America, and South America. However, the total solar eclipse can only be seen from certain places. One of the prime locations for it is in Nebraska, especially Lincoln. Anywhere in Lincoln will experience the partial and total solar eclipse. You can enjoy the eclipse from one of the 126 parks or 132 miles of trails in Lincoln. Many parks offer restrooms, picnic areas, and parking. To find a park near you visit:

Tips for enjoying a Total Solar Eclipse.

  • You don’t have to drive anywhere to enjoy it!
  • Have a chair or blanket and a picnic lunch so that you can relax and enjoy in while staring into the sky overhead.
  • Do NOT look at the sun without eye protection! Use eye protection such as: eclipse glasses, eclipse viewers or a sun projector. When you can’t see anything using any of those items it is safe to look at the total eclipse. (The Gift Shop at Pioneers Park Nature Center will be selling eclipse viewing glasses, 3201 S. Coddington Ave.)
  • Wear sunscreen while out in the midday sun.
  • Don’t take pictures of the eclipse, they will never look as good. Leave it to the professionals. If you do, take a selfie with the sun behind you so you don’t look at the sun and make sure to tag Lincoln Parks and Rec on social media.
  • It is a complete sensory experience, even if it is cloudy it will get cooler and darker out. Look around you as well as at the total eclipse.
  • Visit Hyde Memorial Observatory to learn about the eclipse and get glasses for the event.
  • The partial eclipse starts about 11:37 pm with the total eclipse at 1:02 pm and lasting about a minute and 30 seconds. The partial eclipse will end about 2:29 pm. You can find the exact amount of time for your location through the Hyde Observatory website.
  • Events occurring in Lincoln before, during, and after the Eclipse.

    • The Nature Center is going to have hayrack rides on Saturday night August 19 at 7 & 8pm. We are going to talk about natural responses to the eclipse and enjoy a beautiful evening in the prairie. Space is limited for the hayrack ride and people must pre-register. $8/person
    • Saturday morning at about 6am Jamie will hold a dawn hike $6/person. More information will be available for these soon to include in program guides and for promotion.
    • Monday, August 21st the Nature Center will be open however we will close the Chet Ager Building from 11:30am-2:30pm when the partial eclipse will be taking place. Then from 12:45-1:15pm the Prairie Building will be closed, however the bathrooms will be accessible, so that everyone can go outside to enjoy the total eclipse.
    • Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to several events to help families prepare for safely viewing the solar eclipse on August 21. Participants will receive a pair of eclipse viewing glasses, make a pinhole viewer and enjoy other games and crafts. The schedule is as follows:
      • Monday, July 31, 2 to 4 p.m., Anderson Branch, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
      • Wednesday, August 2, 2 to 4 p.m., Eiseley Branch, 1530 Superior Street
      • Thursday, August 3, 2 to 4 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 S 56th Street
      • Wednesday, August 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S 14th Street
      • Wednesday, August 9, 2 to 4 p.m., South Branch Library, 2675 South Street
      • Saturday, August 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S 14th Street

    For more information, Visit these sites.