The viewer’s guide for the solar eclipse sweeping the West on Aug. 21

The West

A total solar eclipse will darken the skies across the United States on Aug. 21, 2017, and spectators are traveling from across the globe to Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska for prime seats to view the rare event.

For observers within a 70-mile stretch, known as the “path of totality”, the moon will block the sun for almost two minutes. Tourism in those areas is expected to boom, with hotels and Airbnbs filling up months in advance. Solar farms and rooftop panels will be also be impacted, with the shadow expected to wipe out enough energy to power to 7 million homes.

Leading up to the big event, WGA has compiled the westerner’s viewing guide:

Learn why “why a total solar eclipse is such a big deal”    

Watch a video on Twitter of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown sharing viewing tips

A solar eclipse rallied Americans around science in 1878. Could it again?

Populate a viewing map created by High Country News

Read how cicadas, squirrels, and bees react to solar eclipses, and learn about the "biggest migration the the planet" that nobody knows about

Idaho farmers make up for a disappointing crop yield by renting their land to campers

Find out what you’ll see where you live

How to protect your eyes. And do you REALLY need special eclipse glasses

Eclipse plea from regulators: Stay in the dark

Want to use your phone to photograph the solar eclipse? Read this first

Eclipse could be Nebraska's biggest-ever tourism event

Lodging is still available, but renters will need to act fast

Travel the path of the eclipse with an interactive graphic from the Washington Post

Find a list of books on eclipses from The New York Times 

States brace for "cosmic traffic jam" as tourists descend on prime eclipse view spots

Solar eclipse glossary: 21 terms to make you sound like an expert

How to photograph time-lapses of Total Eclipse

Learn how many viewers are expected to visit Wyoming (hint: more than the state's population)

Going to be in your car? Make sure to read these safety tips

Wildfires could make your plans go up in smoke. What to know 

How to make a pinhole projector to view the solar eclipse

The Procrastinator’s Guide to Cosmic Marvel

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