Looking for a place to watch totality on August 21, 2017?
Consider joining author Jeffrey Bennett in Idaho Falls, ID, for a series of special events over the preceding weekend and on eclipse day. Other guest speakers will include astronaut Alvin Drew, University of Colorado planetary scientist Nick Schneider and astronomer Erica Ellingson.
Please note: All four speakers are volunteering their time and paying their own travel to offer these events. Please show your support by making a tax-deductible contribution to Story Time From Space and/or purchasing our books.
Eclipse Day Schedule
Thanks to the Idaho Falls Chukars minor league baseball team, we will be hosting an eclipse watching event at Melaleuca Field ballpark in Idaho Falls, where we will have 1 minute and 50 seconds of totality and should be able to accommodate approximately 10,000 people in the stands and on the field. Here is the tentative schedule of events:
- 9:00am – 9:35am: Formal events start with the Max Goes to the Moon movie projected on the jumbotron.
- 9:35am – 10:15am: Presentation by astronaut Alvin Drew.
- 10:15am – 11:30am: Partial eclipse phase; we’ll have presentations and discussion by astronomers while you watch the progression of the eclipse.
- 11:33 – 11:35am: Totality.
- 11:40am – 1:00pm: The final partial eclipse phase, which ends at 12:58pm. During this time we’ll answer questions, and you can enjoy lunch and the post-eclipse atmosphere.
What to Bring to the Ballpark
- Picnic blankets and/or chairs so you’ll be comfortable.
- Eclipse glasses, which you can purchase here.
- Concessions will be available.
Pre-Eclipse Weekend Schedule
TBD, but will include science talks by Jeffrey Bennett, Nick Schneider, and Erica Ellingson, as well as additional NASA-sponsored events at the Museum of Idaho.
Lodging in Idaho Falls
Lodging for the eclipse is difficult to come by and fairly expensive, but with some effort you can probably still find options. The city and surrounding region have numerous opportunities for camping or parking of RVs. Also check Airbnb and local hotels. If you’d like to attend our events but can’t find lodging in Idaho Falls, try nearby communities like Rexburg (also on the eclipse path) and Pocatello (just south of the path, but only about 45 minutes from Idaho Falls).
Getting to Idaho Falls
Driving is probably your best option; just be aware that we expect traffic to be completely insane on eclipse day, so be sure you come out at least a day or two in advance of the eclipse (and expect similar traffic madness after the eclipse ends). If you want to fly, Idaho Falls has a small regional airport that is very convenient, though flight options tend to be limited and expensive. Alternatively, you can fly to Salt Lake City, from which you’ll have an about 3 1/2 hour drive to Idaho Falls.
Also see the Eastern Idaho eclipse web site set up by folks in Idaho Falls.