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Total Eclipse of the Sun Today

NASA's eclipse site is here.

The eclipse in Denver will begin at 10:23 a.m. and finish at 1:14 p.m. Colorado is only getting a 75% partial view. Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas are among the states that will experience the totality. Wyoming, which has a population of 600,000, is expecting another 600,000 people toll converge on the state to witness the event.

According to CDOT (Colorado Dept. of Transportation) all our highways, north and south, east and west, will be filled with people headed to and from Wyoming and Nebraska from Colorado and New Mexico (for whom we are likely to be a pass-through state.) CDOT says this may be the most significant traffic event of the year. The worst will be after the eclipse on Monday, when everyone leaves to go home, wherever that may be:

Imagine 6 Denver Broncos games all getting out at the same time on the same highway to go home.

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Not a chance I'd be one of them.

Delays will be heaviest southbound from Denver to Colorado Springs, from noon to midnight Monday, and could last through Tuesday. They suggest avoid traveling during this time.

As for Wyoming: The southern part of Grand Teton National Park will experience 2m 20s of totality at about 11:35am. It then moves to Pavillion (at 11:38), and Shoshoni and Riverton (at 11:39) with 2m 23s of totality, before landing squarely on the city of Casper. The centerline passes right over the intersection of highway 220 and W. 25th Street at 11:42:37am, and gives viewers there 2m27s of totality.

I'm fine watching it on the TV or internet. For those traveling on our highways:

People can text "ECLIPSE" to 888777 to get traffic, emergency and weather-related information texted to their phones.

If you didn't get solar viewers (and most places are now sold out) you can make your own with 2 sheets of paper and a pin, or an empty cereal box, strip of paper and some aluminum foil.

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    The solar eclipse with John Denver (none / 0) (#1)
    by fishcamp on Mon Aug 21, 2017 at 07:59:09 AM EST
    high above Walla Walla, Wa, filmed from his Lear jet, was on February 26th 1979.  My how time flies.  

    caseyOR, we could be in Portland, having a beer at my grade school that is now a brew pub, where the eclipse is near 100%.  You in Illinois will experience the longest time of the full eclipse.