Nebraska Set For Prime Viewing of Solar Eclipse, Which Means Increase in Traffic

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

FREMONT – The upcoming solar eclipse will be on Monday, August 21, and for the first time in a long time, Nebraska will be the prime spot to view it.

According to NASA, a solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking all or part of the sun for up to about three hours.

The eclipse will spread across approximately 468.4 miles of Nebraska from the border with Wyoming to Lincoln, Beatrice and Falls City. This eclipse is expected to bring a large amount of out-of-state visitors to Nebraska.

“As Nebraska is a prime viewing location, we all anticipate large crowds, which may cause heavy traffic on Nebraska interstates and highways the day of the solar eclipse. As many local communities have planned weekend events, large crowds may be possible over the weekend leading up to the actual day of the eclipse,” said Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis. “If you are interested in seeing the eclipse, we recommend planning well in advance so you can avoid the anticipated traffic.”

NASA’s website says that in Lincoln, Nebraska, the eclipse will begin at 11:37 a.m. The sun will be completely covered around 1:02 p.m., and last until about 1:04 p.m. The eclipse will end at 2:29 p.m.

Continue reading for view tips for driving safely on the day of the eclipse.

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