Why You Shouldn't Miss the 2017 Solar Eclipse

What you’ll see on August 21 ~ And what you need to know

On August 21st, 2017, many in the United States will see something that a good portion of the population has not - a total solar eclipse. While this two minute or so event may understandably be greeted with a collective shrug by some, the science community is abuzz with excitement for this one-in-a-lifetime occurrence. And because InvitedHome’s newest destination is currently putting the finishing touches on our Jackson Hole rentals right near the direct path of totality, our endless curiosity with unforgettable experiences meant we had to find out why. Allow us a moment to break it down for the uninitiated.

What Is a Total Solar Eclipse?

Here’s a hint ~ You probably haven’t seen one before

In short, a total solar eclipse is when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun. The eclipses you are probably more familiar with are lunar, meaning the Earth passes directly between the moon and the Sun. And those ones occur more frequently of course, and only happen at night. A total solar eclipse has not happened in nearly 40 years, and because of its short path of totality in the U.S. and poor weather conditions that day, very few even saw it. So chances are, wherever you are, this presents a rare opportunity to get close to its path.

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What Is the Path of Totality?

An eclipse can be partial or total ~ And contrast is everything

Here’s where things really start to get fun. Unlike the last solar eclipse in 1979 when a total solar could only be seen from a short trail in the northwest part of the country, this year’s path of totality will span diagonally across the entire U.S. And while lunar eclipses can be viewed at least partial, due to even the slightest of angles with a solar eclipse, only certain latitudes can experience a complete one. And it is really is a difference between night and day. This is called the path of totality. And this year’s big path right here in the U.S., is justifiably quite the big deal.

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Where Are the Best Spots to See It?

Get as close to the center of path ~ For the most complete experience

Now, we understand you’re probably not going to plan an entire vacation around two or so minutes of totality. And if you’re one of the lucky ones who live in say, the Nashville area, you should probably just stay put. But the sunshine ring around the moon is the true spectacle that needs to be seen, and that only can be experience at the center of the path. So, because it falls on Monday near the end of the summer, why not make a road trip to a specific spot on the eclipse’s path of totality? It at least partially brushes a few major cities, and one national park we hold dear to our hearts.

Where Should I Stay?

Head to the Hole ~ Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Those of us here in Boulder, have quite a few options and are planning accordingly. But because the math and science of astronomy is so precise in this day and age, the truth is, enthusiasts have been planning for this momentous event for years now. That means that many popular hotels and resorts along the solar eclipse’s path have long been booked. But much like the eclipse itself, timing is everything. And frequently checking back on InvitedHome’s new Jackson Hole rentals is a great place to start. Because should you miss this one, you’ll have to wait until 2024 for the next one to cross the continental U.S. And it’s 20 more years until the next after that. So make it an event; your last vacation of the summer. After all, it’s not often you get to say you literally just witnessed an astronomical event.

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Still Have Questions?

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