A 40 year celestial event in the making will support community outreach
Casper, WY — The first total solar eclipse to be experienced in the continental United States in nearly 40 years happens in August 2017, and the United Way of Natrona County (Wyoming) has begun preparation, a year in advance, for the big celestial event.
“This is a big deal, this is huge!” said one astronomer.
The eclipse will be August 2017. The last to occur in the continental United States was 16 February 1979.
“It’s going to start out in the Pacific Ocean and go right across the central United States,” he said. “The moon is passing in front of the sun; day is going to turn to night.”
The total eclipse, or “totality,” will last between 2 ½ and 4 minutes, depending on location.
“Most people have never seen this…they’ve got to see it.”
Residents of Natrona County will be some of the lucky few to experience 100 percent coverage; however, safely observing is key so as to avoid possible permanent eyesight complications. The shadow is only going to be about 100 miles wide,” passing through parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, southern Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
About United Way of Natrona County:
United Way of Natrona County is a local non-profit organization, governed by business and community leaders who make important decisions to fulfill community needs. [Their] primary focus is to ensure local residents have access to human service programs which help prepare them for success in life, keep them safe and healthy, and work to improve their overall quality of life. United Way’s efforts remain flexible and change as the needs of the community change.
Through the collective efforts of United Way and partner agencies, [they] ensure human service needs in Natrona County are being met, from youth to aging; everyone deserves the opportunity to have a good life.