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Eclipse. Photo by Arnold Brokling.
Photo by Arnold Brokling

Solar Eclipse. Photo by NASA.
Solar Eclipse
A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, casting the moon's shadow on a portion of the earth.
by Pinedale Online!
August 21, 2017

There has been great expectation and hype leading up to the 2017 National solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. Pinedale filled up with visitors from around the globe. Many headed into the mountains to view the eclipse from secluded locations high in the wilderness. Pinedale was just slightly south out of the shadow path, but Jackson, Bondurant, Union Pass, Dubois, and Riverton were in the "totality" zone. Pinedale held an Eclipse Festival filled with lots of fun things to do, concerts, and educational experiences. White Pine ski area offered scenic chairlift rides for viewers to watch from the top of the ski hill mountain. Wilderness trailhead parking lots filled to capacity and beyond. Cars and campers lined the sides of the roads as thousands of people poured in to find a great vantage point. The Forest Service ultimately had to close off certain roads to incoming traffic because there was no more room to partk. Despite it all, everyone was relaxed and patient and seemed to have a great time in the days leading up to the big event.

Below Elephant Head. Photo by David Rule.
Below Elephant Head
David Rule took this photo of the eclipse as seen from below Elephant Head Peak in the Wind River Range.

Eclipse from White Pine. Photo by Pete Arnold.
Eclipse from White Pine
View of the total solar eclipse from the top of Fortification at White Pine Ski Area. Photo by Pete Arnold.

Eclipse Viewers. Photo by Pete Arnold.
Eclipse Viewers
From left to right: Ruth Ha​rrower Arnold, Pete Arnold, Sam Barkley, Erin Arnold Barkley and Ruthie Barkley watching the eclipse at White Pine. Photo by Pete Arnold.

Pinhole eclipse shadows. Photo by Pete Arnold.
Pinhole eclipse shadows
Pinhole shadows of the eclipse through tree leaves.​ Photo by Pete Arnold.

Riding the lift. Photo by Pete Arnold.
Riding the lift
White Pine Ski Resort offered chair lift rides to the top of Fortification Mountain to watch the eclipse in the Totality zone. Photo by Pete Arnold.

Eclipse in Wyoming. Photo by .
Eclipse in Wyoming
The 2017 solar eclipse shadow path crosses Wyoming just north of Pinedale. Jackson, Bondurant, Dubois, Riverton are in the 'totality' of the shadow path.

2017 Solar Eclipse. Photo by Eclipse
2017 Solar Eclipse
Graphic courtesy

Other Eclipse paths. Photo by .
Other Eclipse paths
Solar eclipses are not uncommon, and many have occured across the United States in past decades. What is special about the 2017 eclipse is that it crosses the entire United States from coast to coast.

Eclipse Information Hut. Photo by Sublette County Emergency Management.
Eclipse Information Hut
Sublette County Interagency law enforcement set up an interagency information hut on the west end of Pinedale for the eclipse.

Eclipse glasses. Photo by .
Eclipse glasses
Special eclipse protective glasses were essential to viewing the eclipse without damaging eyes.

Eclipse watching. Photo by Phyllis McCullough.
Eclipse watching
Photo courtesy Phyllis McCullough

After the eclipse. Photo by Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1FM Radio.
After the eclipse
Cars stream out bumper to bumper from the Upper Green to the Cora junction with US 191. Photo by Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1FM Radio.

Lunar Eclipse. Photo by NASA.
Lunar Eclipse
What's the difference between a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse? A lunar eclipse is when the earth is between the moon and the sun and the earth's shadow is cast across the mooon.

I-25 Chugwater N . Photo by WYDOT webcam.
I-25 Chugwater N
Eclipse traffic still backed up past 7PM.

I-25 Wyoming Hill South. Photo by WYDOT traffic webcam.
I-25 Wyoming Hill South
7:30PM after eclipse

I-25 Cheyenne North 9PM. Photo by WYDOT.
I-25 Cheyenne North 9PM
View of traffic still backed up on I-25 in Cheyenne as late as 9PM Monday night after the eclipse. WYDOT traffic webcam

I-25 College South. Photo by WYDOT traffic webcam.
I-25 College South

I-25 Wyoming Hill South. Photo by WYDOT traffic webcam.
I-25 Wyoming Hill South

I80 Interchange Cheyenne. Photo by WYDOT traffic webcam.
I80 Interchange Cheyenne
I-25 College Drive, 10:28PM

Pinedale Cora Jct. Photo by WYDOT  webcam.
Pinedale Cora Jct
Pinedale cleared out pretty quickly after the eclipse. View at 7:24PM, quiet roads, WYDOT webcam

Dubois US 26. Photo by WYDOT traffic webcam.
Dubois US 26
7:24 PM. Dubois was in the totality. Roads are clear by evening.

US191 Sand Draw. Photo by WYDOT webcam.
US191 Sand Draw
South of Pinedale. 7:22PM
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