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The shaded area shows where a total eclipse will be visible from.
Areas outside the shaded area will still be able to see a partial eclipse.

Eclipse prep coming Aug. 4

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 7/12/17

On Aug. 21 Nebraska will be on the path of a total eclipse of the sun. The moon will cover the sun, the total eclipse will not be seen in North Bend, but a large partial eclipse will be visible. The time to view the eclipse will be short, from 1 min. 17 seconds to 2 min. 35 seconds. This should all begin around 1 p.m.

Astronomer Dan Glomski lets students into the portable planetarium. It will be in North Bend Aug. 4. Reservations can be made at

To help educate students and others interested in the eclipse there is a portable planetarium coming to North Bend, Friday, Aug. 4.

The portable planetarium will be set up in the North Bend Elementary gym. Astronomer Dan Glomski will have 30-minute interactive tours educating the students and accompanying adults about the eclipse.

There will be eight sessions with 25 people per session starting at 1 p.m. and the last one starting at 6:15 p.m.. Reservations must be made by logging on to the North Bend Central web site, and clicking on Portable Planetarium Reservations. School children are encouraged to attend but children as young as 3 may attend accompanied by an adult.

This opportunity to learn about our solar system and to take part in his once-in-a-lifetime experience is made possible through a grant from the North Bend Central Foundation. Teachers Bev Grueber and Jana Post applies for the grant.
“Kids can experience what an eclipse is like,” Grueber said. “It’ll get them excited for the real eclipse Aug. 21.”

Principal Tessie Beaver has purchased viewing glasses for all NBE students. It is very important that the eclipse not be viewed with the naked eye, but though special solar-viewing glasses which are much darker than regular glasses. Serious damage can be done to the eye if not protected. Glasses can be purchased online.

A website dedicated to the enjoyment and safely viewing of the eclipse can be found at There is a plea: “Your full enjoyment of the eclipse demands that you understand and educate yourself thoroughly on the information regarding eye safety. Your use of this site is contingent on your understanding and agreement (to link about eye safety), you agree with its contents, and you will comply with all the rules of common sense and well- established protocols for eye safety when observing any solar phenomenon.”

The last total solar eclipse viewed from contiguous United States was on Feb. 26, 1979, with path that passed through the northwestern U.S. states and Canada. The next one that will be seen in the continental United States will be on Oct. 14, 2023. Neither of these eclipses will pass through Nebraska.

Get excited. And get some viewing glasses.


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