If you’re like us, you’re used to the idea that the 70s were 30 years ago. But time keeps ticking, and soon 1979 will be a 40-year-old memory. That year brought us Chris Pratt. M*A*S*H was still running. But of most interest to us now: 1979 gave the contiguous United States the last total solar eclipse of the 20th Century.
But wait, there’s more! “The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is particularly rare because it’s . . . the first continent-wide eclipse to be visible only from the United States since 1776.” Next week, we’ll be able to experience the same exclusive phenomenon our founding fathers did during the Revolutionary War. What a lucky connection!
Where Will the Total Eclipse Be Visible?
Hopefully, right outside your door. The path of the total eclipse will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Not in that path? Don’t worry! You can take comfort if you live in North America and some parts of South America, Africa, and Europe: you’ll be able to see a partial eclipse.
We’ve Got Rooms for You
But you don’t have to settle: we’re excited to announce that we have rooms available in the path of the total eclipse! We have rooms available in Eugene, Oregon, and Rexburg, Idaho on the nights on either side of the eclipse, August 20 and 21. As a bonus, staying at the Duck District will get you a complimentary pair of solar eclipse glasses, so you can watch the whole thing (not just the one minute of total eclipse).
Why Is This Eclipse So Special?
If you weren’t planning to travel to see the total eclipse, you should! While annular eclipses happen relatively frequently, they’re just not as awe-inspiring as total solar eclipses. During an annular eclipse, the moon is farther away from the earth and won’t completely cover the sun, so viewers need to use eye protection at all times.
A total solar eclipse is different. When darkness falls, the temperature will drop 10 to 15 degrees. Your surroundings will resemble twilight. And you’ll be able to appreciate like never before the vastness and reality of our 3D solar system. And for one shining moment (which may last less than a minute) you’ll be able to look at it with your naked eyes. See this link to learn how to view the eclipse safely.
The last total eclipse we could see in the contiguous United States happened almost 40 years ago, and we won’t see another one until 2024. We hope you’ll take us up on our offer to stay in the path of totality for this rare spectacle.