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100 Days Until Totality! 46 Days Left – How is Grand Teton National Park Preparing?

Grand Teton National Park is anticipating its busiest day ever on August 21st, 2017. Usually, patrons of the park are permitted to park on the side of the road to observe wildlife and the mountain vista views. For the eclipse, the park is prohibiting roadside parking for the safety of its visitors. The shoulders need to stay open for park rangers and emergency vehicles to respond to emergencies. In exchange, GTNP will be designating viewing areas, complete with Park Rangers and port-a-potties.
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100 Days Until Totality! 47 Days Left – How is the Town of Jackson Preparing?

This August, an unprecedented number of people will observe the Total Solar Eclipse. The last time the United States observed totality was on March 7, 1970, and it was only visible from a few states on the East Coast. Millions of people live in the path of totality of this year’s eclipse, and the entire population of the 48 continental states will observe a partial eclipse on August 21st. With so many people wanting to observe the eclipse, how are the towns in the path of totality preparing?
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100 Days Until Totality! 50 Days Left – Photography Part 3: To Get the Shot with the Grand Teton

Want to capture the eclipse and the Grand Teton in the same frame? It’s going to be tough, considering the Sun will be at an elevation of 50° above the horizon. With a wide enough angle lens, there are a few spots you can capture the Grand Teton in the same frame as the eclipse. One of the spots is at Lake Solitude. The hike to the lake is arduous, being 8 miles one way with 2,982 feet of vertical gain.
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100 Days Until Totality! 52 Days Left – Photography Part 1: To Watch or to Shoot?

Over the next three days we’ll be doing a three part series on photographing the Solar Eclipse!

Even for the experienced photographer, shooting a Total Solar Eclipse is a challenge. It takes months of practicing and perfecting the steps to make sure you get the perfect shot. If you’ve never experienced a Total Solar Eclipse before, it might be a good idea to just enjoy the event, and wait for the next eclipse to perfect your photography skills!
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100 Days Until Totality! 53 Days Left – Protecting Your Telescope and Your Camera

Thinking about photographing the eclipse, or possibly observing it with a telescope? You probably already have enough gear to get some decent photos! The most important new piece of equipment you’re going to need to buy is a solar filter. Solar filters are absolutely necessary for solar photography and solar astronomy. Without a filter to block the dangerous solar radiation, your eyeballs and your camera will sustain serious damage. You must make sure that there is no chance anyone could look through your equipment without a filter on.
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100 Days Until Totality Blog Series: 71 Days Left – Mohammed’s Proclamation

By M. Tomczak – Statue of al-Khwarizmi in front of the Faculty of Mathematics of Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. Wikimedia Commons

Much of the astronomical knowledge of ancient Greece would have been lost following the early medieval period had it not been for the great Islamic astronomers whom at the same time were in the midst of their Golden Age (9th–13th centuries) of knowledge, science, and learning. In 830, the “House of Wisdom” was founded in modern day Baghdad as a central location to translate texts from Greek into Arabic.
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