Aug 16 2017
The solar eclipse is crossing Idaho Monday! So what's the big deal?

It won't occur again in Idaho for another 152 years! A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon completely blocks the solar disk. In a total solar eclipse, the narrowest part of the path, where the Sun is completely blocked and the Moon casts its darkest shadow - called the umbra - is called the "zone of totality".

Observers in this path see a darkened Sun with the glow of the solar corona extending out to space. A phenomenon called "Bailey's Beads" often appears as sunlight shines out through valleys on the lunar surface. If the Sun is active, observers can also see solar prominences, loops, and flares during totality.



Are you not sure where to go where you'll be in the path of totality? Click here to find a list of events happening across our state just for the eclipse!