2017 solar eclipse guide: Utah traffic, eclipse glasses, watch parties, more

Sunday , August 20, 2017 - 5:00 AM

JESSICA KOKESH, Standard-Examiner Staff

So, you might have heard there’s a solar eclipse happening Monday, Aug. 21

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock — or haven’t been able to keep up with every eclipse story out there — we’ve put together a handy guide of our eclipse coverage with everything you need to know for the celestial event. From photography and safety tips to traffic updates, we’ve got you covered. 

Check out the links below to learn more.  

WHERE AND HOW TO WATCH 

How to tell if your eclipse glasses are real, where to find them

Staring into the sun is bad — even during an eclipse.

However, the proper protective eyewear has become such a hot commodity ahead of the Aug. 21 celestial event that it’s a mad scramble to get ahold of reliable eclipse glasses. Check out the story linked above for information on where to get eclipse glasses, as well as how to make sure yours are the real deal.

Solar eclipse watch parties in the Salt Lake City, Ogden areas

The Great American Eclipse is almost here, and luckily for Northern Utahns, there are plenty of events and watch parties to go to when the moon passes in front of the sun.

Take a read through the story linked above for a list of watch parties happening around the Ogden and Salt Lake City areas.

4 scenic spots to watch the 2017 solar eclipse in Northern Utah, Ogden area

While many people are flocking north to see the total eclipse, lots of Utahns are hanging back for the event. Cities near Ogden will see eclipse coverage as high as 93 percent, and that number will get higher the further north you go.

If you’re wondering where to watch the celestial show, take a look at our list of beautiful spots where you can take in the once-in-a-lifetime sight.

WEATHER

Eclipse 2017: Minimal cloud coverage predicted for Northern Utah

We’re in luck, Northern Utah.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City is predicting cloud coverage will be minimal for Monday’s eclipse, according to NWS meteorologist Randy Graham.

Graham said there will be a few mid-level clouds at the time of Monday’s celestial event. Overall, Northern Utah will see around 20-30 percent cloud coverage, which will hardly hinder people from observing the sky during the eclipse.

SAFETY

What does staring at the solar eclipse do to your eyes? Here’s what experts say.

It’s not polite to stare. And in some cases, it’s downright dangerous.

Take staring at the sun, for instance. As ophthalmologists and other eye professionals have long warned, looking directly at our nearest star can result in serious — and sometimes permanent — damage to one’s vision.

But what exactly happens to your eyes when you look at an eclipse? We talked to local doctors, and the details aren’t pretty. Read what they said in the story above.

Eclipse traffic expected to gridlock I-15 in Northern Utah, especially Monday

The Utah Department of Transportation says the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, could create a parking lot on Interstate 15 and travelers on the freeway should prepare for heavy delays.

SCIENCE

Difference between total and partial eclipse is like night and day, experts say

In the Ogden area, we’ll see 93 percent of the sun covered during Monday’s solar eclipse. So, is it really worth it to drive north to the path of totality? 

The answer is yes, experts say. While a partial eclipse is interesting, a total eclipse can be a life-altering sight, they say. 

Read more about their experiences and advice in the story linked above.

How much of the eclipse will you see in Northern Utah?

Check out these resources that show what the eclipse will look like in your zip code.

FUN 

Solar eclipse myths, folklore: How ancient people interpreted solar eclipses

Whether they were trying to relight the sun with flaming arrows or blaming the darkened sky on the bad behavior of men, they way humans think about solar eclipses has changed drastically over time.

6 tips for photographing the solar eclipse with cameras, smartphones

Want to take a picture of the eclipse, but aren’t sure how to do it? We’ve got some tips for you, whether you’re using a smartphone or a fancy camera. Just remember to keep your eclipse glasses on — no picture is worth hurting your eyes.

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