August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

A partial eclipse will begin around 11:30 am and last about an hour and a half. This will lead in to the Total Solar Eclipse at 12:57:30pm and will last approximately 1 minute and 54 seconds in Kearney, and shorter or longer depending on your location to the center line.  This will lead into another partial eclipse that lasts approximately an hour and a half.

The eclipse can be viewed in many places in the United States.  However, In Nebraska we historically have a higher percentage than most places on the map to have clear skies. Clear skies will enhance the viewing opportunity and boost the possibility of seeing stars. In Kearney, we are in the process of planning many different events, concerts, speakers, vendors and games to enhance your experience leading up to the day and following the event.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney will be offering public educational programs at the planetarium regarding the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Click here for more!

The eclipse can be viewed in many places in the United States.  However, In Nebraska we historically have a higher percentage than most places on the map to have clear skies. Clear skies will enhance the viewing opportunity and boost the possibility of seeing stars. In Kearney, we are in the process of planning many different events, concerts, speakers, vendors and games to enhance your experience leading up to the day and following the event.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney will be offering public educational programs at the planetarium regarding the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Click here for more!

Since looking directly at the Sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness, special eclipse safety glasses or viewers must always be used (sunglasses are not safe).

The small amount of light emitted during even a 99.9 percent solar eclipse is still dangerous. The only time it’s safe to look at a total eclipse without proper eye protection is during the brief period of “totality” when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon.

If you’re not located in the path of totality, there is never a time when it’s safe to look with unprotected eyes. Attempting to view an eclipse using binoculars, telescopes, cameras, or other devices that don’t have their own special front-mounted solar filters is extremely hazardous.

· Use a tripod!
· Use a long enough lens that you’ll actually see something – standard point-and-shoot cameras will make the sun’s image way too small.  You will need at LEAST a 300mm focal length lens. (Test it out on the full moon – which is about the same size as the sun – to see what your results will be.)
· Don’t forget to take some grab shots of the horizon and the crowd going nuts during totality.
· Set up a video camera (pointed at the people around you – NOT the sun!) and let it run during totality, so you can always relive the foolish things you screamed during totality!
· Change ALL your equipment’s batteries to fresh ones, 30 minutes before totality, so you don’t run out!
· Charge everything up the night before and plan!

Visit eclipse2017.org for more tips!

There is quite a lot of discussion online about whether you can damage your smartphone camera by pointing it directly at the sun. The basic argument in favor of it being safe for the camera is that the lenses are generally very small (2 millimeters or so) and do not admit enough light. Also, camera come equipped with UV filters that cut down on some of the visible light landing on the sensor chip.

The argument for it not being safe is that some of the more recent smartphones use larger and faster lenses (f/1.7 to f/2.0) to get better resolution, and that can be a problem.

However, you will to point the camera at the sun, and you will no doubt accidentally glimpse the full-on solar disk and THAT could damage your eyes if you prolong to it.

Kearney/Ravenna Events Brochure

Who: Astronomer Tabetha Boyajian
When: Sunday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.
Where: Merryman Performing Arts Center; 225 W. 22nd St., Kearney
Cost: Free
Audience: All ages

Click here for more info.

Viewing Locations

WATCH PARTY AT COPE STADIUM

AUGUST 21 @ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Glasses will be available to the 1st 10,000 spectators. Concessions on-site.

Questions and answers about watch party and interactive campus map
View Event

609 Platte Rd, 308-338-8144

11:00AM – 2:00PM Free Viewing Party
Free Viaero Wireless Eclipse glasses provided
1st 500 people in attendance receive a $2 off coupon for concessions
Concessions will be open for all.
A/C and restrooms on-site
Win prizes from Viaero Wireless
Too hot outside? Livestreaming of the event via Facebook on our brand new, 12’x18′, 4-mil LED boards.

View Event

3807 Ave. N, 308-236-1201

ECLIPSE VIEWING

Saturday, 8/19: Beer Garden outside of the Expo Center. Concessions available.

Sunday, 8/20: Concessions and drinks inside Expo Center. A/C and restrooms available.

Monday, 8/21 (Eclipse Day): Beginning at 9 a.m. drinks (such as Bloody Mary’s, etc) will be available and then from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. we will offer concessions and drinks inside the Expo Center with A/C and restrooms.
Frozen 4 U Ice Cream available for purchase.

View Event

CAMPING OPTIONS

Dry camping available $35 per night, 2 night minimum.
Electrical hookups spots available beginning on Sunday, Aug. 20. $50 per night, 2 night minimum.
Port-a-potties available. No bath facilities.

Click here for map of available camping spots.

Prepaid Only. For reservations call (308) 236-1201 or email info@buffalocountyfairgrounds.com.

2020 W. 11th St.

Glasses will be available for sale. Concessions will be open. Restrooms on-site.

Yanney Park site

3060 East 1st Street

Food Truck will be serving lunch.

4210 N 2nd Ave, 308-237-2171

Great viewing from west lot.
Free eclipse glasses will be provided.
A/C and restrooms available.

2792 Cottonmill Ave.

Best eclipse viewing would be from the Oldfather Trail, northeast side of the park. Limited restrooms available.

Grab a chair and your solar glasses on August 21 for an amazing natural event!

Hy-Vee has a huge lot of nice green grass where you can come with your friends and family to enjoy the great solar eclipse!

They will be selling burgers, hot dogs and drinks from 11AM-2PM. 5212 3rd Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska 68845

AUGUST 21 @ 11:00AM – 3:00PM

Pick up booklets at Fort Kearny Recreation Area Pay Booth or at the Historical Park Visitor Center. Return them after the event.
Cotton Candy & Lemonade will be available for purchase.

Total Eclipse of the Golf

Total Eclipse Golf Package Sunday, August 20-21st includes 2 rounds of Golf with a break on Monday to watch the Total Eclipse. $199.00 per person includes golf, campsite, eclipse glasses, and for an additional $40.00
for RV Parking on August 20, 2017.

FYI: Golf course was designed by Award Winning Architect Jim Engh!

Make your reservations at 1-308-743-1111
there is LIMITED Space.
Contact Info: jeff@awariidunes.com

Weekend Events in Kearney

GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE OF 2017 PROGRAM
AUGUST 15 @ 12:00PM – 1:30PM

KEARNEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
2020 1st AVENUE

Get a head start on the unique astronomical event with this class. Why eclipses happen, what to look for during the eclipse, what precautions to take, and everything else you wanted to know about the eclipses but didn’t learn in kindergarten. Presented by Dr. David Clark, retired from the University of Nebraska Kearney.

View event

FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHT & MEET/GREET

AUGUST 17 @ 4:00PM – 8:00PM
KEARNEY AREA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
5827 4TH AVENUE

Join us for special guest appearances with NASA Astronaut, Mike Fincke and his wife, Renita Fincke, NASA Engineer. There will be meet & greet, autographs, presentations and a Free Family Fun Night all about SPACE! Kids can enjoy activities designed around our solar system and learn the importance of space exploration.

 Meet & Greet

ECLIPSE WEEKEND STAR PARTY

AUGUST 18 @ 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM
CEDAR HILLS VINEYARD & GARDEN
RAVENNA

We are SO pleased to be able to offer this event! Dr Michael Foegelle, from the Orion Rach Observatory outside of Austin, TX, will be bringing his telescopic and photographic equipment to Cedar Hills to capture astrophotography of the eclipse on Monday. He has graciously offered to lead a “Star Party” for us on Friday evening! Our dark skies are absolutely beautiful here, free from all artificial light, and perfect for stargazing! Please show him your support and come on out to observe the stars and galaxies with us! Some of his astrophotography can be viewed at www.orionranchobservatory.com.

 View event

$5
Friday: 7:30 pm 
Saturday: 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday: 2 pm
Monday: 7:30 pm
The World Theatre, 2318 Central Ave
View Event

PLAY IN THE PLATTE AT ROWE SANCTUARY
AUGUST 19 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

In celebration of the upcoming solar eclipse, families are invited to come explore the Platte River and the critters that call it home. If water levels permit we will spend most of the time in the river.

 View event

BLACKOUT ON THE BRICKS

AUGUST 19 @ 10:00 AM – AUGUST 21 @ 5:00 AM

Specials at participating downtown retailers

View event

TRAIL CHALLENGE

August 19  7:00AM – 9:00PM

Kearney Rotary and the Kearney Whitewater Association have created a challenge event like no other. Kayaking in the morning, dirt trail bike riding in the afternoon, and 5K race on concrete trails at night.

Registration

More details

KEARNEY CAGEWAR III

AUGUST 19 @ 7:00PM
BUFFALO COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

Live cage fighting returns to Kearney.

View details

PRECLIPSE TALKS

August 20 @ 2:30pm

Hear from experts about the August 21 Great American Solar Eclipse at Miriam Drake Theatre – UNK Fine Arts Building Speakers

THE AUGUST 20 @ 2:00PM

KEARNEY COMMUNITY THEATRE
83 PLAZA BLVD.

The Old Cookie Shop Melodrama presented by the Academy of Children’s Theatre

View event

CHRIS SAYRE PERFORMING @ THE ARCHWAY

August 20th @ 2:30PM

From the engaging sea shanties of the Eastern Seaboard to the haunting songs of the Appalachian Mountains, from the blues of Mississippi to the pioneer songs of the America West, Chris Sayre brings to life the rich and varied music of the United States.

The Food Truck will be at the Archway serving lunch.  Immediately following the performance will be root beer floats served from our soda fountain.

View Event

DR. TABETHA BOYAJIAN – ATRONOMER

AUGUST 20 @ 7:00pm8:30pm

Free Will Donation

Merryman Performing Arts Center

View Event

SUNday NIGHT MARKET, 4:00pm-9:00pm

Downtown Kearney – On the Bricks,
Parking lot located at Central Ave & Hwy 30

Food Trucks & Local Vendors and Spencer Hansen of Formerly Three performing in the Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Nebraska Art. Weather permitting, check the MONA Facebook Page for updates.

Night Market Event

SUNday event

AUGUST 21 @ 11:00AM – 2:00PM

Glasses will be available to the 1st 10,000 spectators. Concessions on-site.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Parking Lot – 510 Talmadge St.

$8.00
Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, served with chips and bottled water or soda.

Hours will be 10 a.m./11 a.m. / 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. The ride during the actual eclipse will be $150 per person, per hour. Rides before and after will be $50 per rider, per hour.

All Rides are pre-register and pre-pay, debit and credit cards accepted.
Local Kearney based riding stable that has been operating in Kearney for the last 15 years.
(308)320-4908

PINK FLOYD LASER SPECTACULAR

AUGUST 21 @ 7:00pm

Fore more information and tickets click here. View Event

Mall shoppers and employees, bring your viewing glasses and meet us in the North East grass lot to view the solar eclipse! NE Burger will be selling food/refreshments and the mall will be hosting yard games and chances to win solar eclipse shirts!
Mall stores will be closed 12:45-1:15 pm so all mall employees have a chance to see the eclipse. The mall will be providing a limited number of folding chairs for viewers. Visitors will have access to air conditioning and restrooms inside the mall throughout the event.