Eclipse 2017, Idaho


     On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America was treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality could see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse.

Eclipse 2017  location at the head of Teton Canyon near Driggs, Idaho

     This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona- could be seen.

(Pictured above) Is a photo that I pulled off, of the Totality.Eclipse 2017

     My choice of viewing area was up at the head of Teton Canyon, looking east towards the Grand Tetons.

The Grand Teton on the left and the Middle Teton on the right–Looking east

     (Pictured above), The Grand Teton, towering at 13,700 feet and the second highest peak in the state, dwarfs the others known as the Middle Teton and the South Teton peaks. Together the Teton Range raises over 7,000 feet from the valley floors.

Looking west down Teton Canyon towards Driggs, Idaho

     The steep incline from the valley to the top of the peaks is a result of eroding Precambrian crystalline rocks and the dipping Teton fault. Alpine glaciers in the Teton Range have grown and receeded over cooling cycles within the last 2 million years. The Teton Glacier on the Grand Teton is located on the peak’s shady sides and most likely results of a more recent ice age, from as recently as 5,000 years ago.

Looking at the partial eclipse through a small telescope with a solar filter.

     (Pictured above) I’m looking across Death Canyon, and is an example of a u-shaped valleys that was carved out by a glacier.  (Pictured below), is a punched Tin-plate that spells-out, “Eclipse 2017”. This provides small pin-hole images of the partial eclipse, before and after totality.

Hole-punch projection before totality
Hole-punch projection after totality

    Below is a video of the rare capture of the totality shadow coming across the Teton Valley.

Eclipse 2017 totality shadow across Teton Valley
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