Astronomy Magazine Names Terreton, ID As Eclipse Viewing Hot Spot

The August 2017 Special Eclipse Issue of Astronomy Magazine features an article that lists 20 hot spots to view the solar eclipse. The list is ordered by the time the eclipse will occur at those specific locations and naturally, a couple of spots in Oregon lead off the list at numbers one and two followed by Smiths Ferry in western Idaho at number 3 and Terreton, Idaho at number 4.

This unincorporated community of 1,100 people lies at an elevation of 4,790 feet (1,460m). Terreton is 35 miles northwest of Idaho Falls and is a two-hour drive to either West Yellowstone or Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It boasts great access from Interstate 15.

Eclipse starts: 10:14:57 a.m. MDT
Eclipse ends: 12:57:08 p.m. MDT
Maximum eclipse: 11:33:20 a.m. MDT
Sun’s altitude at maximum eclipse: 49°
Duration of totality: 2 minutes, 17 seconds
Width of the Moon’s shadow: 65.6 miles (105.5km)

Jackson, Wyoming is next on the list at number 5.

The magazine goes on to offer a pretty good suggestion about choosing your viewing location:

Carefully consider the population. All things being equal, a town of 10,000 is much more likely to have event-related problems than a city of 75,000. Traffic will be one of the primary issues. Small communities with one main road may suffer hours of gridlock. If you choose to head to such a location, get there early, perhaps even a day or two ahead of the eclipse. Remember: August 21, 2017, is a Monday. So the whole weekend beforehand will be free for most people.

See the full article and the other 15 hot spots to view the eclipse here.