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Total solar eclipse to boost August tourism across Wyoming

Solar flares are visible in the sun's corona during a total solar eclipse. (NASA image)


CODY, WYO. — Late this summer, the stars will align for an event that is likely to result in one of the busiest tourist days in Wyoming history. Well, at least one star will align. A total solar eclipse will be visible Mon., Aug. 21 across a coast-to-coast swath of the U.S., and Wyoming is poised to host a major influx of visitors seeking the best vantage and weather for the rare celestial display. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton transit of Venus event to be hosted by ranger-astronomer


Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club will host a Grand Teton transit of Venus viewing event from 4 p.m. until sunset on Tuesday, June 5. Professional astronomer and park ranger naturalist Robert Hoyle will lead a discussion and demonstration for the twice-in-a-lifetime event at the Willow Flats Overlook north of Jackson Lake Junction. Hoyle hosted a Grand Teton eclipse viewing event last month at Willow Flats that was attended by an estimated 500 people, with the Teton Range providing a dramatic backdrop for the annular solar eclipse. Hoyle has worked previously as an astronomer at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton eclipse viewing event offers safe chance for close-up views

Grand Teton National Park will host a solar eclipse viewing event on Sunday, May 20. (photo ©Rhys Jones - click to enlarge)

National parks across the country are preparing for the arrival on Sunday of sky-watchers and photographers anxious to take in an annular solar eclipse amid the natural beauty of wide open spaces, and Grand Teton National Park is no exception. The Grand Teton eclipse is expected to occur as the sun sets above the Teton Range, and it should offer a dramatic show of natural splendor for greater Yellowstone area photographers and astronomers. The National Park Service will host a Grand Teton eclipse viewing event starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Willow Flats Overlook, north of Jackson Lake Junction. Bob Hoyle, a professional astronomer and park ranger naturalist, will conduct the event in partnership with the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club. Continue Reading →

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