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Where to watch the 2017 solar eclipse in Steamboat Springs

Folks living in or traveling to India, Nepal and China will have the opportunity to witness the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century this year on July 22. The circumstances for this eclipse are nearly identical to those of the total eclipse seen in Hawaii and Mexico on July 11, 1991. During a total solar eclipse, the moon covers the blinding face of the sun to reveal its faint outer atmosphere, called the corona, as seen in this image from the 1991 Mexico eclipse. The U.S. won't get a total eclipse of the sun until Aug. 21.
Courtesy photo/Jimmy Westlake

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — By now, you’ve probably heard of the upcoming Great American Eclipse.

On Monday, Aug. 21, the 70-mile wide shadow of the moon will sweep across the U.S. through parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina.

According to Jimmy Westlake, recently retired astronomy and physics teacher from Colorado Mountain College’s Steamboat Springs Campus who recently wrote “Ultimate Guide to the Great American Eclipse” for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the last total eclipse of the sun visible from the 48 contiguous states was on Feb. 26, 1979.

For viewing the partial phases of the eclipse, before and after totality or from anywhere outside the total eclipse path, a safe solar filter is required to protect eyes from the intense sunlight. Maximum eclipse for northwestern Colorado happens between 11:40 and 11:45 a.m. <pmfsu

Unable to travel outside the state to see the eclipse in totality?

Here are a few places Westlake suggests for good viewing in Routt County.

“There’s really not a bad place, as long as you are out in the open,” said Westlake, who is headed to Victor, Idaho, to view the eclipse unless the weather dictates otherwise.

• Patio at Double ZZs or any south-facing patio.

“Those would be a great place to kick back and watch with a cold one in your hand,” said Westlake.

• Find a place with some tall trees, like Little Toots Park, and spread a white sheet on the ground.

“The sunlight filtering through the leaves will project hundreds of eclipse images on the ground,” he said.

Other eclipse events to catch:

 Yampa River – Solar Eclipse Experience

Monday, Aug. 21 | 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Yampa River State Park, 6185 W. U.S. Highway 40, Hayden

Bring a lunch and join a solar eclipse-viewing party at the Yampa River State Park. Viewing glasses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A park ranger will give presentation on eclipse facts in addition to games, crafts and trivia.

Solar Eclipse and Gong Meditation

Saturday, Aug. 19 | 10 a.m. to noon | Yoga Center of Steamboat, 701 Yampa Ave.

Sunday, Aug. 20 | 9 to 11 a.m. | Yoga Center of Steamboat

Relax into the vibrations of Neptune gong with Cecily Hunt in celebration of the solar eclipse. Join the studio for a unique class that combines Kripalu yoga with the Neptune gong, Native American flute, Tibetan bowls and other ancient instruments to create a heightened meditative experience in celebration of the rhythms of the universe.

Summer Eclipse Sound Healing

Thursday, Aug. 31 | 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. | Depot Arts Center, 1001 13th St.

Immerse yourself in the healing resonance of sound. Neptune Healing and Compassion Sound Healers will host a sound healing workshop that features how to find balance, direction, inner strength and prepare for new beginnings with August’s two eclipses and Mercury retrograde.


“As long as any part of the bright photosphere of the sun is in view, it is unsafe to look at without a proper solar filter, so don’t do it. Regular sunglasses are useless. Permanent eye damage can occur. The lens in your eye will focus that dazzling sunlight into a laser-like point on your retina and scorch it. Purchase a pair of CE and ISO certified safe solar eclipse glasses online for a couple of bucks. Then, you can watch the progress of the eclipse safely with your glasses on.” — Jimmy Westlake

Maximum eclipse for northwestern Colorado happens between 11:40 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., local time. From Steamboat Springs and Craig, the eclipse will never be total, but you’ll need to wear those eclipse glasses for the entire event.

One cool way to watch the partial phases of the eclipse indirectly is to place a sheet of white poster board underneath a leafy tree where the sunlight filters through. The overlapping leaves in the tree create hundreds of little pinholes that project shimmering images of the eclipsed sun all over the ground.

To find out more information about the eclipse, read Westlake’s article online at steamboattoday.com.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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