We’ve all heard about those lovers of astronomy, those fans of nature and science, all of whom have been planning for years to travel to see this year’s total solar eclipse.
This is not about those people.
Hello to those non-planners who have been more focused on summer vacation, back to school specials and the latest episodes of “Game of Thrones”!
You may have just realized that the sun will be completely blocked by the moon for a brief period on Monday, August 21, in parts of the United States.
The nation’s first total solar eclipse since 1979 and the first to cross from the West Coast to the East Coast since 1918, the 2017 eclipse will cross from Oregon to South Carolina and “the path of totality” along the way will be up to 70 wiles wide.
What’s the weather forecast for August 21?
It’s a financial bonanza for hotels, restaurants, bars, campgrounds and festivals along the route, with many selling out their rooms and events months in advance. Those that remain are selling at a premium mark-up.
“A total eclipse is such a rare occurrence, for many in the US this will be the first time in their life they can see one,” says CNN Senior Meteorologist Brandon Miller. “The path of this eclipse makes it a once-in-a lifetime event in that it transects the country almost down the middle – meaning it is a one-day drive for a vast majority of the nation.”
We have good news! It’s not too late for a slacker to see the eclipse, provided you can stand up getting up early to drive to see it. For those of you who have put off planning a weekend dedicated to the moon and the sun.
(Just don’t be a slacker with your supplies. NASA and the National Park Service advises travelers to stock up on water, snacks, sunscreen — and your solar eclipse viewing glasses — before leaving home.)