by Steven Monson

Note: I originally wrote this article for RexburgOnline.com.   I’ve re-posted it here for convenience.

When Is The Rexburg Solar Eclipse?

On Aug 21, 2017 at 11:33am a rare solar eclipse will pass over Rexburg.  The sun will be completely covered for 2 minutes and 17 seconds.

Where Is The Best Place To View The Solar Eclipse?

We’ve create the above map to help you visualize where you can see where the eclipse.

Any city within the dark band can see the eclipse.  However cities closer to to the center line will see it longer.  For example Idaho Falls will also see the eclipse, but it will last only 1 minute and 49 seconds while Rexburg will see if for 2 minutes and 17 seconds.

The absolute center-line will be just south of Rexburg.   However the center-line will only see the eclipse for about 2 seconds longer than inside Rexburg.  See an interactive google map here.

The Great American Eclipse

This eclipse has been called “The Great American Eclipse” as it will pass over a large swath of states from Oregon to South Carolina.   However the actual band of shadow is pretty narrow.  As such, cities along the eclipse path are expected to see an influx of visitors.

Thousands of People Coming To Rexburg

It’s been estimated that as much as 20,000 people are expected to view the eclipse from Rexburg.  It’s further estimated that as much as 500,000 people may flock to eastern idaho to catch a view of the eclipse.  Idaho is an especially popular spot because of the high likelihood of cloudless skies, as August is usually a dry time in here.

The city of Rexburg has been making preparations in anticipation of the extra visitors.  They’ve allotted a generous budget for additional police and emergency services, portable restrooms and solar glasses for city staff.  However, the rest of us will need to get our own solar glasses.

Rexburg Temporarily Lifts ban on Short-term Rentals (like Airbnb)

On March 15 the Rexburg City Council passed a resolution allowing individuals to rent out spare rooms and such during the time around the eclipse.

The Best Place To Buy Solar Eclipse Glasses

You’ll need solar eclipse glasses to safely view a solar eclipse.  You could also use a wielding mask, but for those of us that don’t have a wielding mask just lying around SolarGlasses2017.com has

the best price to buy solar glasses and it’s a local seller too so you’ll be supporting the local economy while getting the best price available.

Use This Coupon To Get An Additional 10% Off

Go to SolarGlasses2017.com and use the coupon code “RexburgFun” to get an additional 10%.  They also have bulk discounts so you can buy one for every member of your family and save an additional 10%.

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