Total solar eclipses are common. In this century (2001-2100), 75 total (or hybrid) eclipses will occur somewhere on Earth.
However, a solar eclipse within a 3 hour drive of my home is rare, and that is what will happen exactly six days from now. A group of students and professors from the SD Mines Physics Department will (Lord willing) be in the path of the moon’s shadow as it passes over Alliance, NE.
If you are in the Black Hills and can’t get to the path of totality, you can still see a 95% eclipse with appropriate eye protection at several places.
Live Stream at the Journey Museum
Central States Fair
Sanford Lab and the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center are hosting a 95 Percent Eclipse Party beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the Visitor Center in Lead, 160 W. Main. The eclipse begins at 10:27 a.m., reaches its peak at 11:49 a.m. and ends at 1:13 p.m. Cookies and beverages will be served at the free event.
NASA Official Eclipse Site