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Wyoming Stargazing was featured in a NY Times article today about stargazing in the western hemisphere. Astrotourism is a rapidly growing industry and Wyoming Stargazing is honored to be a big part of sharing the Cosmos with the public. Read more…
The epic moment of totality is just hours ahead! Wyoming Stargazing, as well as the Jackson community have been working incredibly hard to make this eclipse event as memorable as possible. The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse has given us the perfect opportunity to give back to our community and excel in our mission statement to “educate and inspire through Wyoming’s extraordinary skies”! It’s been a wild ride from local eclipse information presentations, to distributing actual, legitimate solar shades across the country, and finally, bringing our solar scopes to the summit of Snow King Mountain.
We want to take this time to thank you for reading our updates and keeping an open mind to the possibilities and progress of space and science. We hope you enjoy Eclipse Day and create enjoyable memories of your time spent in Jackson Hole. Wyoming Stargazing extends its sincerest thanks!
Jackson, WY, August 15, 2017 – Partial fire restrictions will be going into effect for Teton County tomorrow, August 16th. The restrictions are based in part on the current high fire danger and predictions of continued warm and dry weather. Other significant factors include increased visitation to the area during the upcoming total solar eclipse and current regional and national fire activity.
While portions of the valley have experienced recent rain, the prevalence of heavy grass growth this spring and summer, along with the predicted increase in human activity on private and public lands during the days before and after the August 21steclipse, have prompted Teton County to go into fire restrictions.
“Even with the recent rains,” noted Interim Chief Mike Moyer, “grasses dry quickly and ignite easily.” Parked cars with hot exhaust systems and the use of camp fires are two main concerns for wildland fire starts. “The combination of the dry grasses, increased eclipse visitation to the area, and the fact that regional and national fire resources are stretched thin, all make it necessary to exercise caution,” Moyer continued. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center has recorded over 73 unattended campfires so far this summer.
Fire officials ask the public to take the fire danger seriously and obey the restrictions in place. Fireworks are prohibited in Teton County at all times of the year. During this restriction, there can be no pile burning in Teton County. Camp fires are allowed only in established fire rings in established camp grounds. The use of listed home fire pits and bowls are permitted so long as used with a screen spark arrester having holes no larger than ¼ inch opening and with a hose with running water and/or hand tools. A cleared area of at least ten foot radius is required for branding activities and the use of acetylene or electric arc cutting torches. For a complete set of restriction rules, go to www.tetonwyo.org/fire.
Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, Bureau of Land Management High Desert District, the National Elk Refuge, and Sublette Counties will also begin fire restrictions this week.
By Kathryn Brackenridge
Top of the mornin’ from the path of totality! Just days before the the moon totally takes over the land of the Teton sun, we will be rolling out a little local love profiling some of the people behind eclipse planning and prep.
Kicking off the first of five valued members of a vast collective team, one of the youngest and brightest stars in this small Wyoming galaxy.
Name: Ceejay Kilgore
Hometown: Dermott, Arkansas
Living Where In the Area: Moose, WY Park Housing
Job/Title: Public Affairs Intern 2017 Grand Teton National Park & Student Conservation Association
How Long: SCA for Four Years, Grand Teton NP – 3 months
When do you leave: August 25, 2017
Where to next: Back to school University of Arkansas at Pine Bluffs, Final Semester – Class of 2017
Best Pre-Eclipse Moment: Listening to elders sharing their previous eclipse experience
Worst Pre-Eclipse Moment: Don’t have one
Weirdest Pre-Eclipse Moment: I had someone call the eclipse line and they got upset that they were not allowed to claim a parking spot until 6:00 am.
Where will you watch totality: Gros Ventre Road at the Information Tent
If you could use one word to describe what you think the Total Solar Eclipse will be like, what would it be? Distinct
Thank you Ceejay. Your service since our May community-wide prep/celebration event with GTNP and agency partners, all the way to the finish (totality) line is truly valued. Teton County & the Town of Jackson are lucky to have you.
By Kathryn Brackenridge
Teton Solar Eclipse Information Line
Jackson, WY, August 14, 2017 – The 2017 total solar eclipse will pass through Teton County in one week, and local agencies continue to partner and prepare in anticipation of thousands of visitors and eclipse-chasers.
Extensive information related to eye safety, fire prevention and safety, viewing areas, and much more can be found at www.tetoneclipse.com. In addition to this online resource, the Teton Solar Eclipse Information Line will be available for inquiries and non-emergency related matters.
This general information line can be reached toll-free at 866-221-6441. This line will have a recorded message with updates and information related to the eclipse, followed by an option to speak with a representative.
In addition to the Teton Solar Eclipse Information Line, the following organizations and agencies have information lines available for questions that are specific to their operations:
Grand Teton National Park – 307.739.3566
Bridger-Teton National Forest – 307.739.5500
Jackson Hole Airport – 307.733.5694
Finally, starting on Friday, August 18, 2017, the Teton Solar Eclipse Information Line (866-221-6441) will be updated twice daily through Monday, August 21, 2017. A new message with updates will be recorded in the afternoon and evening to provide any current and critical information to the public. The message will be followed by an option to speak with a representative. Representatives will be available to answer this line from 8:00am to 5:00pm from Friday, August 18th through Monday, August 21st, 2017.
Teton County and all partner agencies and organizations remind residents and visitors to be kind and courteous as our community prepares to host this special event. Because of our current high fire danger, fire prevention and safety will be critical during this time, please visit www.tetonfires.com for important information and safety tips.
By Kathryn Brackenridge