Everything You Need To Know About The Rexburg Solar Eclipse

~Aug 21, 2017 at 11:33am~

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General Eclipse Information

On Aug 21, 2017 at 11:33am a rare solar eclipse will pass over Rexburg.  The sun will be completely covered for 2 minutes and 17 seconds.

Any city within the shaed area will see the total solar eclipse but cities closer to to the center line will see it longer.  Areas outside the band will see a partial eclipse but miss the majesty of totality.  Idaho Falls will also see the eclipse, but it will last only 1 minute and 49 seconds while Rexburg will see if for 2 minutes and 17 seconds.

There won’t be another eclipse in Idaho for over 152 years and there hasn’t been an eclipse that covered the contiguous United States since 1918.
Now for the details… This page will explain everything you need to know to be ready for the eclipse.  Read about events, things to do, eye protection, and public viewing locations.

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Eye Protection

In order to safely view the eclipse you need proper eye protection. Do not use sunglasses. Buy Solar Glasses Here. SOLD OUT

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Traffic Cams

Check out the traffic cams below to see how busy it is right now...

US 20: Thornton 3 miles south of the Rexburg area
US 20: Thornton 3 miles south of the Rexburg area
I-15: Blackfoot Rest Area 5 miles north of the Blackfoot area
US 20: Fall River 5 miles west of the Ashton area
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Visiting for the Eclipse?

Public Viewing Areas

The absolute center-line will be just south of Rexburg.   However, the centerline will only see the eclipse for about 2 seconds longer than inside Rexburg.  See an interactive Google map here.


The Weekend of The Eclipse

Friday Aug 18

Rexburg Farmer’s Market

LOTS of food items – dinner and goodies – great for an open air date night. We have lots of other fun things to sample and explore, and of course, we have our produce vendors selling fresh produce and bedding plants to help you get your garden growing with the best starts around.

Saturday Aug 19

Teton Story Telling Festival at Riverside Park

Come listen to nationally known storytellers, and award-winning regional tellers.  There will also be various artists making, sharing, and selling art.

Planetarium Show at BYU-Idaho

Come see planetarium shows at the local university.
11:30am – Earth, Moon & Sun.
12:00pm – Black Holes
Buy Tickets (sorry, sold out)

Eclipse Lectures at BYU-I

Origin of the Moon -Dr. Brian Tonks – 1:00pm

Total Solar Eclipses: History, Safety, Etc – Tim Thompson – 2:00pm

Gravitational Waves – Gabriele Vajente – 3:00pm

Mon Aug 21

The Solar Eclipse at 11:33am

This is the main event.  You don’t need tickets, just look up!  However, there are a number of public viewing areas available.

Eclipse Breakfast and Lunch at BYU-I Crossroads Dining Area

Breakfast Buffet (8:00-10:00am)  $7.99 plus tax.

Lunch Buffet (12:30-2:00pm) $7.99 plus tax.

About Rexburg

Rexburg, Idaho is based in Madison County, Idaho. The smaller town of about 28,000 people is home to a private institution called Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho), operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The town got its name from founder Thomas Edwin Ricks, “Rex” in its German form. The city made headlines when the Teton Dam broke and flooded the area. Most of the town was largely filled with water, but you can see and read more about it at the Rexburg Flood Museum.

What to know if you live in Rexburg

  • Purchase supplies for the weekend before Friday, the 18th of August. Most travelers will be arriving on Friday-Sunday.
  • Fill up on Gas before the weekend to avoid lines and possible shortages.
  • Make sure you have enough cash. ATMs are limited in how much money they can carry.
  • Cellular networks will be strained. If you need data, try switching manually to the 3G network to avoid the overburdened 4G/LTE Networks.
  • Purchase solar glasses before the weekend of the eclipse. Otherwise, there might be a shortage.
  • Most people are flying into Salt Lake City and traveling up from Utah. Expect traffic on the 15.
  • Prepare for strains on the power-infrastructure.
  • Prepare for massive amounts of traffic immediately following the eclipse. Most travelers will probably try and leave shortly after the eclipse happens.


 Cell Phone Traffic

Rexburg will be getting over 20,000 visitors! Whether you are visiting or living here, make the proper preparations.

One of the largest and most-affected might be the cell-phone availability.  If you have full service (full bars), but cant get onto the internet try switching to 3g. The speeds generally are slower, but the bandwidth isn’t used up like the 4g bandwidth, and you should be able to still find information. Learn How To Switch from 4G to 3G.

This eclipse has been called “The Great American Eclipse” as it will pass over a large swath of states from Oregon to South Carolina. However, the actual band of shadow is pretty narrow. As such, cities along the eclipse path are expected to see an influx of visitors.

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