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Info to know about last-minute trips to watch total solar eclipse

This June 7, 2017 photo shows a sign showcasing a upcoming solar eclipse in Hopkinsville, Ky. For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States on Aug. 21. There is heightened anticipation in the eclipses path, including in the small, rural towns of southwestern Kentucky. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

There is only about a month left until the most amazing astronomical event of the century, the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, that will be viewed by millions.

Where will you be?

Many hotels and campgrounds have been booked for the past two years and more were expected to try to drive into the path of totality on Aug. 21 without proper planning.

If you are not in the 70-mile wide path of the moon’s umbral shadow, you will only see a partial eclipse of the sun and that includes Arizona.

About 70 percent of the eclipse should be visible from Phoenix, while 80 percent should be visible from Flagstaff. The event was expected to begin about 9:15 a.m., reach it’s peak about 10:30 a.m. and be over by noon.

The partial phases present some concerns, as you will need to have proper eye protection during the entire event.

Those in the path of totality will need this protection, too. However, during the total phases, they will be able to look without protection.

If you are one of those who may be going into the path of totality, you should read this detailed review of what you can expect with regards to traffic and basic services, such as lodging and food.

There is a distinct possibility of major traffic jams going into and leaving these select locations.

The resources of many states will be stretched to the limit and some warnings have been issued.

Here are some of the best places in the nation to be during the total phases of the eclipse:

  • Depoe Bay, Oregon
  • Madras, Oregon
  • Rexburg, Idaho
  • Casper, Wyoming
  • Alliance, Nebraska
  • Hermann, Missouri
  • Carbondale, Illinois
  • Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Charleston, South Carolina

Our Dr. Sky Team is planning our eclipse expedition to Rexburg, Idaho!

No matter where you will be for the eclipse, arrive early, stay late and enjoy the local attractions and scenery!

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