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

Behind the Telescope – Our Work in Jackson, Wyoming

Curious about who we are and what we do? Here’s just a few of the awesome things we’re doing at Wyoming Stargazing in Jackson, Wyoming.

Wyoming Stargazing in Jackson, Wyoming

Curious about who we are and what we do? Here's just a few of the awesome things we're doing at Wyoming Stargazing in Jackson, Wyoming.Music: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

Posted by Wyoming Stargazing on Friday, July 17, 2020

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100 Days Until Totality! 14 Days Left – Tips for Residents from TetonEclipse.com

Eclipse Begins
Monday, August 21, 2017, at 10:16am

Anticipated Community Impact Days:Thursday, 08/17 – Tuesday, 08/22

•Area roadways will likely be congested and regular routes are subject to temporary restrictions, visit www.wyoroad.info for additional information; traffic signs will provide up-to-date information on specific roadways.

•Be prepared for heavy bicycle traffic. Please remember to share the roads, trails, and pathways and be courteous to other users, including any emergency vehicles that may be using pathways for emergency response.

•Things to consider doing in advance to make life a little easier during the busiest and heaviest congestion periods:

o Medical Care:
The hospital and urgent care facilities are increasing staffing in anticipation of heavier than normal walk and emergency visits. Fill your medical prescriptions in advance and have an extra supply of any critical medications. Emergency response times are likely to be effected, so please be prepared.

o Errands & Appointments:
Schedule your errands and appointments early, before Thursday the 17th if possible. Check ahead if you have plans for Monday the 21st; some services may be closed or have limited hours during this time. Make plans and dining reservations in advance.

o Supplies:
Overall, supplies may be limited due to the high demand; which may mean the items you want are not available during the impact days. If there is something important you want, get it early, especially basic supplies like water, groceries, etc. If you are camping, plan ahead for equipment and supply needs.

o Gas:
If you normally fill up your gas tank Friday – Monday, be sure to do that task early, before Thursday, August 17th
. If you own a generator, make sure it is functional and ready for use.

o Cash:
If you regularly use cash or want some on hand, consider visiting your local bank or ATM before Thursday, August 17th

•Cellular Service & 911:
With the increased number of visitors, local public safety officials anticipate cellular service may become overwhelmed (primarily Monday the 21st) or have limited access during the impact days. Consider these ideas to assist with communications during this time:

o Develop a communication plan with family and friends if you lose or have limited service.

o If you only have a mobile phone at home find out which of your neighbors have a land-line number in case you need to call 911 for an emergency.

o If you are unable to make a voice phone call you can text to 9-1-1: ! Simply text the number 911 and in the message include your location, the nature of your emergency, and if you need police, fire, medical or search and rescue. Do not use abbreviations. Be prepared for a delayed response.

100 Days Until Totality! 16 Days Left – A Message from Your Elected Officials from TetonEclipse.com

Greetings!

Teton County is a community that welcomes millions of visitors each year. In the midst of some of the
most beautiful and rugged landscapes on earth, we are proud to share our incredible natural resources
and welcoming, adventurous spirit with people from all over the world.

This year, Teton County is especially fortunate to be located in “path of totality” of the first total solar
eclipse to be visible from coast to coast in the United States since 1918. Partners all over the County
from Grand Teton National Park to the Town of Jackson have been preparing for this exciting event for
nearly two years, and we are very excited to receive eclipse chasers and visitors of all kinds for this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

This total solar eclipse will be an amazing experience in an equally amazing setting. We are eager to
share the best our community has to offer with everyone that comes to enjoy this event. Please visit
www.tetoneclipse.com for helpful information to plan and prepare for your visit. We expect many
more visitors than usual, and proper planning will ensure that you have a great experience. As you
enjoy all Teton County has to offer, please help us keep this wonderful place beautiful by respecting
nature – as they say in the back country: “leave no trace” (www.Lnt.org).

Thank you and welcome to Teton County!

Mark Newcomb
Chairman, Teton County Board of Commissioners
www.tetonwyo.org

100 Days Until Totality! 17 Days Left – Top 10 Things to Bring/Know from TetonEclipse.com

Top 10 Things to Bring/Know

The communities around the Bridger-Teton are expecting a large influx of visitors that will be using the community’s lodging, food, gas, ATMs, and bathroom facilities. We anticipate additional impacts on our public lands. Suggested planning and preparation for up to two weeks prior to the August 21 eclipse include:

1. Cell phones may not work due to high usage demands. Some of the remote locations in our region have now/low cellular coverage. Text messages may be more reliable than phone calls, especially when trying to contact 9-1-1.

2. In an emergency you may send a text message to 9-1-1. Simply text the number 911 and in the message include your location, the nature of your emergency, and if you need police, fire, medical or search and rescue. Do not use abbreviations. Be prepared for a delayed response.

3. Stock up on groceries or make dining reservations in advance, as restaurants may be crowded.

4. Fill your gas tanks. We are expecting additional demand and congestion on the roadways.

5. Visit the banks/ATMs early, as ATMs may run out of cash due to visitation surge.

6. Lodging accommodations are limited. Hotels, camping and RV camping are near capacity. Visitors may need to look outside of Jackson and Teton County for accommodations. Be sure to have you accommodations arranged prior to arrival.

7. Area roadways will likely be congested and regular routes are subject to temporary restrictions. Visit www.wyoroad.info. Variable traffic signs will provide up to date information on specific roadways.

8. Be prepared for heavy bicycle traffic. Remember to share roads, trails and pathways and be courteous to other users, including any emergency service vehicles that may be using pathways for emergency response.

9. The hospital and urgent care facilities are increasing staffing to handle heavier than normal walk-in and emergency visits. Fill your medical prescriptions in advance and have an extra supply of your medications.

10. August is prime fire season. Be extremely careful with cigarettes, campfires, recreational burns and parking a vehicle on dry grass. Know the burning restrictions for the area you are visiting. Report any signs of smoke immediately.

** Residents should stock up on essentials including groceries, medications, water, tarps, emergency generators and camping equipment. The more self-sufficient the better, emergency response times will be effected with the additional visitors.**

100 Days Until Totality! 19 Days Left – Teton County Library Eclipse Glasses – Bound To Go Fast + Tonight! Get some eclipse tips in Alta, Wy. Published from TetonEclipse.com

Yep, we hope you heard it here first, or perhaps from our friends at the Teton County Library, but effective August 1, regular residents and citizens of Teton County, WY with checkouts can scoop up their very own eclipse glasses for free-because it’s the library of course! Be sure to act fast, as insiders say there’s a limited supply. No doubt they come with restrictions -one per but nonetheless, the Teton Eclipse contingent is grateful to have the Library as a partner and outlet for these essential solar viewing pieces.

Thanks for learning as much as you can about safe viewing during a total solar eclipse. Local eye doctors and emergency medical workers will thank you too!

Meanwhile…over in tiny/mighty Alta, WY:

Together with Teton County Emergency Management Services, Teton County Library Alta Branch with support from the citizens of Alta, Wyoming are hosting an information session dedicated to eclipse preparedness.

Check the details here or below:

GET SOME TIPS FOR THE ECLIPSE | Public Safety Presentation

The first Total Solar Eclipse to visit the U.S. in 38 years will occur MON, AUG 21, at 11:30 a.m. Teton Valley could offer one of the best places in the nation to view the total eclipse, which will last for just two minutes and thirty seconds. Rich Ochs from Teton County Emergency Management will discuss our public safety planning efforts, issues the community may face, and simple steps locals can take to best prepare for this once in a lifetime event and the surge in visitors coming to our area for viewing.

AUGUST 2, 2017
BY KATHRYN BRACKENRIDGE

100 Days Until Totality! 20 Days Left – LOCALS: ECLIPSE VOLUNTEERING NEEDS | FIRST RESPONDER FOOD DONATIONS

Via our VOAD partners at Hole Food Rescue – with gratitude.

Hello JH Community,

We are 21 days away from the infamous Total Solar Eclipse and VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) is working hard to ensure all the incoming and local first responders that will be on duty during the eclipse weekend are properly fed.

We are looking for nonperishable snack and gatorade donations for first responders and volunteers. There will be over 180 people working around the clock to keep our community safe during the long weekend.

Examples of nonperishable snack items: Nuts, Raisins, Granola Bars, Trail Mix, Crackers, Chips, Beef Jerky, gatorade, etc.

Please drop off any donations to:
Town Hall (150 E. Pearl) – 8am-5pm, Monday – Friday.
A donation box will also be placed outside the front door for after hours deliveries.

Please contact me with any questions, THANK YOU!!

Ali Dunford
Co-Executive Director
Hole Food Rescue
(307) 215-1152

Hole Food Rescue
1524 Martin Ln. Unit B
PO Box 2955
Jackson, WY 83001
www.holefoodrescue.org

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.

From http://www.eclipse2017.org

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.

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100 Days Until Totality! 28 Days Left – Jackson Hole Airport from TetonEclipse.com

From Tetoneclipse.com

The Jackson Hole Airport is just minutes from town and offers many direct and connecting flights provided by Delta, United, American, Frontier, and Skywest Airlines.

Check out the Jackson Hole Airport’s Solar Eclipse Guide here.

JAC General Aviation Eclipse Tips

Jackson Hole Airport: Eclipse FAQ

Will the airport be open on the day of the Eclipse?
Yes, the Jackson Hole Airport will remain operational during the eclipse for the traveling public.

Can I pay for parking and park to view the Eclipse from Airport Public Parking?
No, parking and terminal access will be restricted to people using the Airport for official business or to pick/up drop off customers for their flights.

Will my flight be impacted by the Eclipse?
The Airport may suspend airside operations for a half hour before totality and a half hour after totality. Impact to departure and arrival times for commercial aircraft should be minimal.

What if traffic congestion causes me to be late for my flight?
The Airport encourages everyone to arrive at the airport 2 hours before their flight time. Due to predicted congestion, we are suggesting visitors and locals to consider allowing additional time to travel to/from the Airport on the day of the Eclipse. Commercial aircraft will not be held for late passengers.

Any impacts if I am flying on a private aircraft?
We do expect a high traffic volume before and after the Eclipse and have limited ramp space. Please contact Jackson Hole Aviation as they have a reservation system in place for this period.

For additional questions, please contact Director of Operations, Dustin Havel by calling (307)-733-7695 or emailing dustin.havel@jhjairport.org

By Kathryn Brackenridge

100 Days Until Totality! 31 Days Left – Jackson Hole as expressed by TetonEclipse.com

Wyoming’s wild, beautiful, geologically significant, northwestern location on the map encompasses a large and ecologically diverse area more commonly known as Jackson Hole.

Within the surrounding Greater Yellowstone Region including Grand Teton National Park the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and National Elk Refuge, rests peaceful, thriving and notably preserved Jackson, Wyoming.

A wide open valley anchored by the Teton Range to the North and West, Wind River Range and Gros Ventre to the East, is home to a collection of true American West communities and small towns bound together by love of place. The intersection of these great naturally occurring and achieved assets powers the increasing tourism draw to this globally recognized destination. Amidst the allure of National Parks, celebrated cowboy and ski culture and distinct sophistication, the Jackson Hole community and its hard working residents uphold consistent operation and service standards underpinned by dedication to maintaining quality of life in an increasingly popular part of the world.

100 Days Until Totality! 40 Days Left – Jackson Hole Climate

The summer months may bring sun, but there is more to the climate of Jackson Hole that you can expect on your eclipse trip. As you prepare for the Solar Eclipse, expect a few unique possibilities coming your way.

Almost for certain is that the Great American Eclipse will likely be a hot one! In Jackson, high average August temperatures reach around 80 degrees with the potential to be higher on the day of the eclipse. That is until totality, of course. During the 2 minutes and 15 seconds of totality, the temperature will drop quite noticeably, so you may want a jacket on hand if you are sensitive to the cold. Being amongst the Grand Teton Mountain range, Jackson Hole has an elevation of 6,200+ feet. As a result, the air here is quite dry with low humidity, and staying hydrated is a must. Jackson Hole also brings about thunderstorms and rainstorms often during the summer months. Be cautious and keep an umbrella or a raincoat in the car if you plan to be outside much of the time during your trip.

Image by Joyce and Mike Hendrix

Though Jackson Hole climate can be temperamental throughout the summer, you can certainly count on the mountain scene to be beautiful and awe-striking during your visit. Because of our area’s consistent summer sunshine and warm temperatures, folks have decided to travel here specifically, anticipating an incredible view of the eclipse. Along with the mountains, wildlife, and the National Parks, Jackson’s natural climate make it one of the best places to be!