THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE IS COMING TO McCALL. YOU SHOULD TOO!
Experts tell us that unlike other regions across the USA, McCall, Idaho, will be privy to 99% of the total eclipse. The eclipse will start at 10:11 a.m. and conclude at 12:49 p.m. with the maximum eclipse scheduled for 11:27 a.m.
Our friends at Brundage Mountain have planned an eclipse viewing party to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event. It’s called “Edge of Totality”. We’re thinking about heading to River Ranch’s private pier on Payette Lake with a picnic to view this remarkable time in our lives.
Other local businesses may be offering additional entertaining as well as educational options for viewing the eclipse. For more information, call the McCall Chamber of Commerce toll-free at 800-260-5130.
WHY THIS MONTH’S ECLIPSE IS SO IMPORTANT
(Note: We credit most of the following content to Timeandsates.com)
There’s a reason why this eclipse is stirring up so much excitement. To fill you in, we’re sharing an article that we found on line from Timeanddates.com that is an easy read and simple to understand.
A Once-In-A-Lifetime Event
The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast was almost 100 years ago, on June 8, 1918. What makes this eclipse extra special is that it is the first time since the United States became a country that a total solar eclipse will occur exclusively over the continental United States—no other country will see totality, though many countries will see a partial eclipse of the Sun. Because of these reasons, the eclipse is also being called the Great American Eclipse.
Most North Americans Will See Totality
… if they are willing to drive that is – and we welcome all to join us in McCall! The total eclipse will only be visible along the Moon’s central shadow, which is about a 113 kilometer (70 mile) wide path and spans from the country’s West Coast to the East Coast. The rest of North America, as well as Central America and northern parts of South America, will experience a partial solar eclipse. NASA has estimated that a majority of the American population lives less than a 2-day drive away from the path of totality.
1st Total Solar Eclipse in 38 Years
The last time anyone in mainland US saw a total eclipse of the Sun was on February 26, 1979. If you live in the US and miss this event, you’ll have to wait seven more years, until April 8, 2024, to see a total solar eclipse from a location in the contiguous United States. The next eclipse in the series—a total solar eclipse—will take place on September 2, 2035.
Totality Will Be Spectacular
If you are lucky enough to be in McCall, you’re in for an astronomical treat, weather permitting, of course. When the eclipse begins, at 1st contact, it will appear as if the “Moon is taking a bite out of the Sun”. As the eclipse progresses, the sky will get darker, the temperature will drop, and if you pay attention, animals and birds will become quieter.
At 2nd contact, which is when totality begins, Baily’s Beads become visible. As the Moon completely covers the Sun’s surface, the diamond ring can be seen. You might also see pink spots called prominences near the diamond. These spots are caused by gases on the Sun’s surface.
Totality is the only time when one can see the corona, the Sun’s atmosphere. At 3rd contact, Baily’s Beads will once again become visible and a second diamond ring may appear.
Stars During the Daytime
As the sky turns dark, planets and stars hidden in the sky by the Sun’s bright light will reappear. Look for Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus during totality. To find out what planets you will be able to see from your hometown, click here.
Please Wear Eye Protection
Looking at the Sun with your naked eyes is highly dangerous and can even cause blindness. The safest way to see a solar eclipse is to wear protective eclipse glasses or use a pinhole projector you can easily make yourself.
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN McCALL IDAHO
As longtime residents of the community, we welcome every opportunity to share our favorite things to do and see in and around McCall, Idaho. Right now, the fish are biting, the hiking is spectacular, and our famous hunting season in Idaho is just around the corner.
Don’t hesitate to contact our sales agent Chris Reino at 208-630-4666 for his personal suggestions on how to have a great vacation in Idaho or find that piece of paradise to build your own permanent home along the Payette River.