ISS Pass (from LA area): Time: Fri Oct 21 6:31 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max
Height: 58°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 12° above SSE- Get your
own alerts for your location here --> https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/
The August 21 2017 total Solar Eclipse is only ten months away! It will
be visible in the US from Oregon to South Carolina -- in a thin path
only about 60 miles wide.
If you are wondering where to go to see it, scroll down to "Find Your
Spot" on the toolkit link above -- and click on the Google Interactive
Map to see the eclipse path, anywhere you click, you'll get the time and
totality length. In the west, totality can be seen only in a narrow
path through Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming. The maximum totality (minutes
and seconds) reaches 2 minutes 40 seconds near St. Louis, less in the
west and east of maximum. Here are some examples of totality length near
the centerline in the western states:
1 minute 55 seconds in Salem -- Bend, Corvallis and Portland all will
have a partial eclipse.
In Wyoming, Casper has 2 minutes 25 seconds,
In Idaho, Rexburg gets 2 minutes 17 seconds of totality, while Idaho
Falls, 29 miles south gets only 1 minute 41 seconds.
Many hotels along the centerline are completely booked already. We
wanted to drive with our telescopes for dark sky observing at night, and
so we'd have flexibility to dodge clouds on the day or day before the
eclipse, and rented a trailer. We found an RV park just 12 miles north
of Rexburg ID, very close to the centerline. Our location will see 2
minutes 3 seconds of totality.
This RV park still had lots of spaces available (and restroom/showers
and a store) http://www.idahodunesrv.com/
The rates for "Special Events" like 4th of July, Labor Day and eclipses
increase double (to $70 per night) for our large space
On this map is the campground layout
We rented the end space in the end row, space 56 on the map above for 4
nights August 19-22. We plan to join the Idaho Falls Astronomy Club at
one or more of their dark sky star parties in the evenings before the
eclipse, or possibly even set up in the RV space and share views with
other campers, if the lights aren't too bad.
There will also be livestreamed events of the eclipse for the armchair
sun worshipers, more on that as time nears. And here's what the partial
solar eclipse will look like here in the LA area.
Jane Houston Jones
What's Up podcast August 2016: Perseids and Planets