More than 708,000 people traveled to watch the eclipse in Nebraska, according to an economic impact study. About 87 percent of the travelers came from out of state, making the eclipse the largest single tourist event on record in Nebraska.
During the eclipse, The Outer Vibe wasn’t watching.
Turns out, the solar eclipse had an effect on power meters around Nebraska — just not the effect some utilities had expected.
A total solar eclipse cut a path across Nebraska on Aug. 21, 2017.
One business, Brewsky’s Food & Spirits in Lincoln’s Haymarket, reported that business on Sunday, the day before the eclipse, was triple that of a usual Sunday.
Organizations around the Omaha area — and around the country — are gathering up spare and undamaged glasses for the next astronomical spectacles in 2019. Your donated glasses could travel around the world.
For once, it seemed, the country was united in both purpose and gaze. We looked up instead of down. At the heavens, instead of our phones.
Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, said an eclipse can have an effect on large, thick cumulus clouds, which produce thunderstorms.
Few golfers can say they hit a hole in one at Wild Horse Golf Club. Craig Beck’s ace is in even rarer company. The 33-year-old from Papillion and his group had planned the 240-mile trip to Gothenburg for four months to see the solar eclipse and play a round.
The solar eclipse came right as expected, yet still blew people away.
Fickle weather made for suspenseful eclipse viewing Monday at Homestead National Monument of America. As the moon slid in front of the sun, thick clouds hung above the masses assembled, causing some to leave for clearer eclipse-viewing pastures. But when it mattered most, the clouds parted and the park erupted in cheers.
Almost miraculously, the overcast conditions that has plagued Falls City all morning and afternoon gave way briefly, enough for the crowd gathered in the streets downtown to watch the moon almost fully obscure the sun.
More than 300 people gathered on the lawn and around the entrances of the State Capitol as totality approached.
Seventh-grader Isabella Mitchell thinks she’ll probably remember this moment for the rest of her life: sitting on the football field at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School with her classmates, sliding glasses on and off to catch glimpses of the moon passing over the sun.
Dozens of students, professors and visitors to the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus stopped outside the Durham Science Center on Monday for some assistance in viewing the solar eclipse.
Before Kourtland Reichert proposed to Jessica McLellan, he knew when he wanted the wedding — there was chatter in the Panhandle about an solar eclipse passing through the area.
“I have no words,’’ said Darwin Jose of Miami Beach, Florida. “Words, cameras they don’t do it justice.”
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Thousands of people spilled out of offices and schools across Omaha on Monday to see the dusky skies.
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"Not everybody arrived at the same time, but just about everybody is trying to leave at the same time,” Cody Thomas, spokesman for the Nebraska State Patrol, said Monday afternoon.
Carhenge founder Jim Reinders of Houston and upwards of 50 other family members scheduled a reunion at nearby Fort Robinson State Park to coincide with the eclipse.
The solar eclipse didn't just change the look of the skyline. It led to a slight but noticeable drop in temperatures around Nebraska.
Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.
“There’s a lot more people,” Howard said. “The traffic continues to increase, and we think it will increase all through the night until totality.’’
From north, east, south and west, all roads in the realm appeared to lead to Nebraska during the weekend as hundreds of thousands of people arrived by plane, train and automobile to view a total solar eclipse Monday.
“In the Moon’s Shadow,” directed by experimental filmmaker Alvin Case, will utilize eclipse scenes in the story of two estranged sisters — one a workaholic, the other a recent widow — who take a road trip to the Sandhills of Nebraska to watch the total eclipse of the sun.
The sunlight is so intense, it can damage or destroy the retina, resulting in a blindness called solar retinopathy.
Forecasters are predicting a break in the rain this morning, with chances for additional rain returning to eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa this afternoon.
CAIRO, Neb. — There were no shots in the dark at Centura Hills Golf Course during the eclipse.
Today is the day of the total solar eclipse. Here are some eclipse-themed events around the metro area and within a 90-minute drive of Omaha.
Homestead is expected to be particularly popular because of a lineup today that will include TV personality Nye, astrophysicist Amy Mainzer and scientists from NASA.
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The glasses, with special solar filters, are required to view an eclipse safely. People who don’t wear them risk permanent damage to their vision.
Instead of going to work on Monday, Lynn Schneider will be in Beatrice, Nebraska, watching the eclipse, or maybe at her sister’s place in Auburn — anywhere but the office in Omaha, doing her usual graphic design work.
Visitors are expected from around the world, possibly numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
Teachers see the eclipse as a learning and teaching opportunity, and school’s a safe place for kids to experience it, said Jackie Nielsen, curriculum director for the Beatrice Public Schools.
One question remained at Lake McConaughy on Friday: Were the bumper-to-bumper Colorado license plates that dotted beaches and campsites here for the total solar eclipse?
Bryan Tuma, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, said Thursday that months of preparation have gone into efforts to ensure the safety of those planning to watch Monday’s total eclipse.
Only 17 utility-scale solar farms in the U.S. lie in the path of totality of Monday’s total solar eclipse, and one of them is in Nebraska.
After arriving at Eppley Airfield, the travelers had lunch in Omaha and headed west in six rented minivans to the Schneidereit ranch near Brewster.
We’re four days from the Great American Eclipse, an event that’s received a buildup and anticipation like no other. Take it from a woman who has experienced a total solar eclipse — if it’s not clouded out, it will be unforgettable.
Like last-minute Christmas shoppers surprised that the holiday falls on Dec. 25 once again, many Nebraskans are scrambling to prepare for a solar eclipse that has been on community calendars for a few years.
The research team is asking people to use an app to record wildlife wherever they are before, during and after the eclipse.
Skip the heavy traffic to see the total solar eclipse and watch it on foot instead.
Almost 500 of the eclipse visitors will take up temporary residence with hosts in Lincoln, Scottsbluff and Alliance. The rest are scattered around and along the path of totality in cities from Gering to Grand Island to Beatrice.
People in search of expert information on the upcoming solar eclipse — and eclipse glasses — have a shot at both Friday.
Here are some stay-safe tips from the Red Cross and Nebraska Department of Transportation officials.
Your child might want to become an astronomer after watching the total solar eclipse Aug. 21. It’s that cool.
“It’s been crazy,’’ said Gary Glandon, who with his wife, Susan, owns Stagecoach, a gift shop in Kearney. “It was a constant stream of people coming in this weekend.”