The Northern Lights – Looking Up Episode #2

The Northern Lights – Looking Up Episode #2

This week’s episode of Looking Up we’re talking all about the Northern Lights. We’ll be discussing the science behind the Aurora, as well as the significance of the Northern Lights throughout history. Tune in and find out when you’ll be able to see this light show next.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Aurora borealis or are itching for more stunning photos, head on over to our Instagram and Facebook. Check out more of our amazing snapshots we’ve taken on stargazing programs in Jackson, Wyoming.

Looking Up – Episode #2 The Northern Lights

This week's episode of Looking Up is all about the Northern Lights!

Posted by Wyoming Stargazing on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

100 Days Until Totality! 4 Days Left – Grand Teton National Park Offers Official Eclipse Viewing Location from

MOOSE, WY-Grand Teton National Park managers expect August 21, 2017–the day of the Total Solar Eclipse Across America–to be the busiest single day in the history of the park. Visitors to the park on eclipse day can ensure a successful viewing experience by developing a plan and heeding a few simple guidelines. Complete eclipse viewing information can be found in a special edition newspaper available in park visitor centers and entrance stations, and by visiting and clicking the eclipse banner.

Visitors are invited to view the eclipse from the center path of totality along the Gros Ventre Road, which will be the largest eclipse viewing area in the park. The road will be one-way traffic eastbound from its junction with U.S. Highway 26/89/191 to the community of Kelly, with parking allowed in the left lane. Portable toilets will be located along the road, as well as park staff.

Rangers and astronomers will provide telescopes and interpretive programs at four designated eclipse viewing areas including the Gros Ventre Campground Amphitheater, Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center parking area, Jackson Lake Lodge back lawn, and behind the Colter Bay Visitor Center.

Due to limited parking available at the Gros Ventre Amphitheater, parking passes are required. One hundred free passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis Saturday, August 19 from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose and the Colter Bay Visitor Center starting at 8:00 a.m. Campers at the Gros Ventre Campground and visitors parking along the Gros Ventre Road are invited to join the program by walking to the amphitheater.

The eclipse will be visible throughout the park with the duration of totality ranging from 2 minutes 19 seconds near the park’s southern boundary to just a few seconds along the park’s northern boundary. No matter where visitors view the eclipse, they should be prepared with ample food, water, eclipse glasses, sunscreen, and other necessary items for the day as little to no infrastructure exists in most locations. Visitors should pack out all trash and recyclables and heed the following guidelines as they make their eclipse day plans:

Expect heavy congestion, traffic gridlock, and long delays. Allow ample time to arrive at your eclipse viewing location and consider staying in place afterward until traffic thins,
Have water, food, and vehicle fuel for the day. Bring a minimum of 2 quarts of water per person,
No roadside parking will be allowed on U.S. Highway 26/89/191, Teton Park Road, or Moose-Wilson Road,
Eclipse parking begins at 6:00 a.m. park-wide. Overnight parking or camping in roadside pullouts, turnouts, or parking lots is not allowed,

Prevent human-caused wildfires. Charcoal burning and campfires are allowed only at designated campgrounds and picnic areas within metal fire grates. Stoves and grills that burn contained fuel sources such as liquid petroleum gasesare allowed on hardened surfaces if attended at all times, and
Additional portable toilets will be located throughout the park.
Several special eclipse and astronomy programs are planned in the park this weekend, Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20.
Please visit the park’s website or the special eclipse newspaper for more information.

Attachment: Grand Teton National Park Offers Official Viewing Locations

By Kathryn Brackenridge

100 Days Until Totality! 25 Days Left – Key Notes Pt. 2 from Teton National Park

From Teton National Park:

Roads and facilities will be more congested than normal for peak season on
the day of the eclipse and in the days leading up to and after the eclipse.

Everyone is encouraged to carpool, bike or hike to minimize traffic.

Traffic may come to gridlock on major park roads during the time before
and after the eclipse.

Cell and internet service is NOT anticipated to be consistent or available in
most areas of the park the day of the eclipse due to high volume of users.

Camping is only allowed in designated park campgrounds and in the
backcountry with a valid permit.

There will be an increased presence of law enforcement and emergency
services in the park.

Roadside parking will be prohibited along US Hwy 89 and the Teton Park
Road on August 21.

Additional portable toilets will be strategically located throughout the park,
including along the Gros Ventre Road viewing area.

Public information will be shared at visitor centers and entrance stations, as
well as the park’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts at
GrandTetonNPS, park’s mobile app, park eclipse info line at 307 739-3566,
park road info line at 307-739-3682.

The park is collaborating with local federal agencies and county officials to
maintain a consistent message and to provide for public safety.

100 Days Until Totality! 26 Days Left – Key Notes Pt. 1 from Teton National Park

The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse is a once-in-lifetime event for many visitors, as
well as for park employees, volunteers, partners and neighbors, and local
community members.

The day of the eclipse, August 21, is anticipated to be the busiest day in the
history of Grand Teton National Park.

Special viewing areas will be located at the Craig Thomas Discovery and
Visitor Center, Gros Ventre Campground, Jackson Lake Lodge and Colter
Bay, and along the Gros Ventre Road.


The Gros Ventre Road is located near the center path of the eclipse, known
as the path of totality, and is a designated viewing area. The road will be
one-way traffic eastbound from the junction with US Hwy 89 to the
community of Kelly, and parking will be allowed in the westbound lane.
The core Mormon Row Visitor District will be open to the public, and the
road will have limited parking and access.

Eclipse glasses are required to view the eclipse for the safety of your eyes.
Glasses are available for purchase at park visitor centers, and throughout
the community of Jackson. Cameras will require special filters to
photograph the eclipse.

Be prepared with food, drink and vehicle fully fueled. Access to food, drink
and gas within the park may be limited and congested. Remember, pack it
in and pack it out.

100 Days Until Totality! 27 Days Left – Seeing in the Dark

The most spectacular moment of a solar eclipse is undeniably the few coveted minutes of totality. When the moon blocks our view of the sun, the excitement begins and the sky goes dark. But just how dark? Dark enough to drop temperatures significantly and see the sun’s atmospheric layer, the corona. What’s more, is we may even be able to see objects that are ordinarily visible in the night sky. While viewing totality, you may be too awestruck to notice the other objects if you don’t know what to look for. However, if you are well prepared, you may have just enough time to give these objects a quick glance too.


There will be a number of bright stars and planets just to the side of the corona. You can expect to see Mercury on the left of the sun, Mars on the right, and also Venus to the far right. In fact, Venus is bright enough to be viewed a few minutes both before and after totality. Regulus, a bright star in the constellation Leo will also be visible among several other bright stars. Be sure to take a quick peek around the sky, but remember to give the majority of your attention to the magnificence of the sun’s corona during totality.


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?

The Town of Jackson has been preparing tirelessly since 2015. The police and EMS are bringing in extra highway patrol officers and emergency services, and are keeping careful track of all of the large events happening in the valley. Through the hard work of the town’s Eclipse Event Coordinator, Jackson’s EMS services, and their teams and employees, the Town of Jackson has created, a highly comprehensive website with important information for both locals and visitors. Wyoming Stargazing has been assisting the town in spreading awareness by holding free monthly presentations with Jackson’s EMS coordinator. To find out when and where the next presentation is, visit our Public Astronomy Programs page, and check out our calendar at the bottom.

Preparedness and awareness go hand in hand! The town of Jackson would like all of its residents to be aware of the number of guests joining us for the eclipse, and to welcome them for a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event. Local restaurants should consider stocking more food and beverages for eclipse week. Gas stations should make sure their tanks are full. Visitors and residents alike should have a back stock of food, water, and gasoline. The most important task, though, is to GET EXCITED! Some consider total solar eclipses the most beautiful celestial event visible with the naked eye!