On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, parts of this country will see day turn to twilight as the sun disappears behind the moon, causing the temperature drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.
On that day, a relatively select swath of America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.
And Dorchester, Nebraska will be right in the heart of this unforgettable (and extremely rare) occurrence.
The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide. People who descend upon this "path of totality" for the big event are in for quite an experience.
We are fortunate that Dorchester will be one of the best places in the nation to view the Aug. 21 eclipse.
Here are the facts on the total solar eclipse in Dorchester:
- The eclipse event will begin at 11:36 a.m. on Aug. 21.
- The total eclipse (sun being fully blocked by the moon) will start at 1:01 p.m.
- The total eclipse will last 2 minutes and 29 seconds.
The Times staffers are not astronomers, astrophysicists, or experts regrading the cosmos, but we know that the basics of a total eclipse are that the moon goes in between the sun and the earth -- and as the moon "moves" across the face of the sun.
You will need to be in that path in order to see the "total" eclipse. If you're outside it, you'll only get to see a partial eclipse (boring!).
Dorchester is nearly in the heart of the total eclipse path. Click here for the 2017 solar eclipse map.
Here is what one solar eclipse expert wrote:
"We cannot stress this enough -- if you're in the path, you see what is perhaps one of the most phenomenal sights that human eyes can convey to a brain! If you're not in the path, even by only a mile or so (!!!!!), you will come away wondering what in the heck we even bothered to make this site for! And you will have completely missed the whole show. People fly to the remotest deserts, jungles, islands -- frozen, desolate, and mosquito-infested places -- just to be in the path of a total eclipse. So please, please, please: walk, run, fly, drive, hike, roll, thumb, or cycle yourself into the path on eclipse day, and you will not regret it! Miss it, and you'll have to wait till the next one in the USA (not till 2024). Take it from us -- do not think that you're "close enough" to the path to see something cool. Look at the maps ... please, please get yourself there by whatever means are necessary! Even if it's 1,000 miles or more! People will come from all over the world to see this grand spectacle."The experts encourage people to look at the eclipse videos -- like the one above -- to prepare yourself for what you'll experience. But they warn that these videos are NOTHING compared to what you will see with your own eyes during totality.
One experienced eclipse viewer wrote this:
"I've kissed the Blarney Stone, and seen the Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, Ayers Rock, the Berlin Wall, the Great Wall, the Taj Mahal, the West Edmonton Mall, the Pyramids in Egypt, the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Stonehenge, the giant Sequoia Trees, Victoria Falls, Death Valley, the Panama Canal, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Meteor Crater, Yellowstone, the North Pole, the Midnight Sun over the Arctic Ocean, Shakespeare's grave, the Alps in Switzerland, the Grand Mosque in Istanbul, the geysers in Iceland, the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel tower, the CN tower, Sydney Tower, Shanghai Tower, Auckland Tower, Berlin tower, the Ring at Bayreuth and the Met, the Berlin Philharmonic playing Mahler, and my kids being born -- and I'm not kidding: A total eclipse is a spectacle to rival them all."