NE Map w Eclipse Path

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Starry SkiesThe skies north of North Platte in the great Nebraska Sandhills will be the perfect location to experience the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse that will happen on August 21, 2017.

While North Platte is in a good position to see a lot of the eclipse (a minute and forty seconds at 12:54pm CDT), the “umbral shadow” will make almost a direct hit on Tryon and Stapleton!

The Sandhills of Nebraska directly north of North Platte will experience nearly two and a half minutes of totality during the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. For more information on all of the plans for eclipse viewing experiences in our area, visit

Starting at about mile marker 152 (between Paxton and Village of Sutherland), the Interstate 80 will be in the path of totality all the way to Lincoln – a distance of 251 miles!

Nebraska experiences the longest path of totality of any US state during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse – 478 miles in all!

The Great American Eclipse of 2017 from Michael Zeiler on Vimeo.

The Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 – fly along with the shadow! from on Vimeo.

The Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 – fly along with the shadow! You’ll see the path of totality enter Nebraska at about 2:37, and pass over the Tryon/Stapleton areas at 3:01.

According to one database, the year 310 AD was the last time the confluence of the North Platte and South Platte rivers experienced a total solar eclipse! You don’t want to miss the one upcoming!

Where is the best place in the world to experience the 2017 total solar eclipse and immerse yourself in the local culture of the great American west? West central Nebraska – specifically the area around North Platte! With abundant comfortable accommodations, pristine scenery, dark skies and exciting attractions, you can be assured of a “stellar” eclipse experience. West central Nebraska is a safe, easily accessible, mobile-friendly destination with great weather prospects that will experience a long duration, and offers great accommodations and plenty of diversionary activities. Begin planning now to make west central Nebraska your destination for the 21 August 2017 total solar eclipse. Former North Platte resident Derryl Barr, an amateur astronomer and avid eclipse chaser put together this presentation and is helping North Platte develop its eclipse event.

While you’re here
You’ll want to take in all of the western adventures Nebraska has to offer, so take a look at these publications for some ideas of what NOT to miss!
Western Nebraska by Motorcycle
Roadtripping in western Nebraska
The Road to the West
Nebraska – an Unexpected State of Bliss