Eclipse over Nebraska: As found from the NASA interactive eclipse map, the centerline of the Moon’s shadow crosses the western border twenty-three miles north of Henry, Nebraska at 11:46:55 AM Mountain Daylight Time (17:46:55 Universal Time). Totality lasts 2 minutes, 29 seconds and the path of totality is 70 miles wide.
Over Nebraska, the path of totality crosses into the Central Time Zone, and local times advance by one hour. Lincoln, the state capital, is near the northern limit of the path, and totality begins at 1:02:35 PM CDT, and lasts for 1:16. The lunar umbra passes over 467 miles of the state of Nebraska in the span of 20 minutes, 23 seconds, the longest run of totality over any state in the USA. The average speed of the lunar umbra is 1579 miles per hour, or 2.07 times the speed of sound.
The Moon’s shadow along the centerline departs from the state just south of Falls City, Nebraska at 1:07:18 PM CDT (18:07:18 UT). The duration of totality is 2 minutes, 38 seconds and the path of totality at the eastern border is 70 miles wide.
NOTE: Duration of totality is longest along the centerline. Duration of totality approaches ZERO near the edges of the path of totality. Please consult the NASA interactive eclipse map for precise times and durations of totality at each specific location in the state, along with locals times for the beginning and ending of the partial eclipse phases.
Lodging: As with all locations along the path, hotel reservations will fill up well in advance. Plan instead to tent camp or rent an RV. While there are many commercial and public campgrounds, primitive camping is inexpensive in the National Parks and free in the National Forests.
Visit the following in Nebraska: Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands.
Traffic Concerns: In the event of any last-minute, impromptu eclipse day trippers, I-76 might experience a traffic jam with a lot of travelers coming through from the big cities in Colorado.
Weather: According to the Eclipsophile site, based on meteorological averages, Nebraska has excellent weather prospects for Eclipse Day.
Planning Your Nebraska Eclipse Vacation: Please read the resources on our Be Prepared! page for finding opportunities for overnight lodging at your Nebraska eclipse viewing destination. Nebraska is a well-kept secret, a beautiful state of the Great Plains, with lots of wide-open space for viewing the sky, and some of the darkest skies in the USA for observing the stars at night. The path of totality passes over lots of open territory, allowing ample space for hosting prepared eclipse chasers. See he Visit Nebraska page for more information.
Organized Eclipse Events in Nebraska:
Nebraska Eclipse 2017 – This is the website for all eclipse activities in the State of Nebraska. A very slick website, this site can provide you with all information on viewing the eclipse, which has the longest stretch of the path of totality than any other state.
Solar Eclipse Dannebrog – Dannebrog is slated to be one of the most unique eclipse viewing sites in central Nebraska. Not only does the total eclipse pass directly over the small community, but its rich Danish, Pawnee and American cultural histories will make Dannebrog a premier entertainment destination for travelers. Dannebrog will host entertainment from Thursday, August 17 through Monday, August 21, kicking everything off with the world-famous Danish Baker slinging pizzas Thursday evening. Representatives from the Pawnee Nation will return to Dannebrog, their home country, with the Southern Thunder Pawnee Drum group leading dancers in traditional song and dance. Danish, Pawnee and American vendors, speakers and performers will also be set up throughout the weekend to share their cultural histories, arts, crafts and foods. All of these activities will culminate at two carefully-selected eclipse viewing sites where the sun will enter total eclipse at 12:58 p.m. on Monday, August 21.
2017 Nebraska Eclipse – North Platte, Nebraska has planned well, and created an attractive, useful website with information on the eclipse, lodging and local area attractions.
2017 Eclipse Kearney – The Visitor’s Bureau of Kearney, Nebraska is anticipating the eclipse, and has created a resource page inviting eclipse visitors.
North Platte Eclipse — The Visitor’s Bureau of North Platte has also created an eclipse page, with more resources and information about viewing the eclipse.
Eclipse Beatrice – Experience a once in a lifetime event when you visit Beatrice and Gage County, Nebraska, on August 21st, 2017, to view the total solar Eclipse. The moon will align perfectly covering our view of the sun for 2 minutes and 37 seconds causing Beatrice Nebraska and Gage County to be cast into darkness in the middle of the afternoon.
Solar Eclipse Nebraska – The Ravenna Area Chamber of Commerce and the Kearney Visitors Bureau are partnering for this event. The two communities will work together to plan events in both Kearney and Ravenna for the whole weekend of Friday, August 18th through Monday, August 21st (the actual day of the eclipse).
This list is a work in progress! Please contact us if you know of any other Nebraska eclipse events!