“The path of totality,” otherwise called TPOT here at Wyoming in Motion, is a roughly 65-mile wide band beneath which people will be able to see the “total eclipse” of the Great American Eclipse.
It will take an hour from the time the moon begins to eclipse the sun for it to reach totality, the totality will last for two minutes or so, and then it will take another hour for the moon to continue in its motion and leave the sun behind.
Cities outside the 65-mile-wide band will also see the eclipse, just not a total one. But those just a few miles outside that band will see a 90% eclipse, which is not too shabby.
That will be the case in Cheyenne, Wyoming, two hours south of Casper which is in the TPOT, and an hour or so southeast of Torrington, which is also in the path of totality. Cheyenne should reach 90% totality.
And Cheyenne is going to hold a block party to celebrate.
The Laramie County Library, located at 2200 Pioneer Ave in Cheyenne (just a few blocks north of the Historic Cheyenne Depot) is hosting a block party from 10 am to 2 pm.
Here’s a transcription of the book mark that explains the event:
at the Laramie County Library
Get ready for the eclipse
- Thursday, August 17, 6 – 7 pm
- (Children & families)
- Learn all the ins and outs of “what and why” while making fun crafts!
Eclipse Block Party!
- Monday, August 21
- 10 am – 2 pm
- (All ages)
- -activities, balloon tying, food trucks, face painting, free eclipse glasses (provided by the Space Science Institute. Available while supplies last)
Tips to safely view the eclipse in Laramie county:
- Wear ISO-certified eclipse glasses whenever looking at the sun
- Look through #14 arc-welder’s glass
- Look through an ISO-certified solar filter using binoculars or a telescope
- Be prepared for the temperature to drop as the sky darkens – have a jacket handy
Information courtesy of starnetlibraries.org
Don’t wait for the last minute! Purchase your eclipse glasses at the Library for $2.00 each, while supplies last. Proceeds benefit Library programs for the interactive exhibit, Discover Space, coming in December 2017
Planning to attend the Library’s Eclipse Block Party? Bring with you:
- Lawn chairs and/or blankets for your comfort on our lawn
- Jackets for the cooling darkness
- Family and friends!