That’s the average length of time between total solar eclipses for any given location on Earth — some places see them more frequently, others have a much longer wait. This is the first one in the United States since 1979.
“A solar eclipse is a rare event that not many get to see because the moon’s shadow is relatively small,” a NASA scientist says in an explanatory video published July 21, later adding, “so, if you find your area in the path of totality one year, you’ve hit the jackpot.”
A swath of Idaho will be in the path of totality — the shadow of the moon — so it’s no wonder that many people are headed to festivals, going camping or planning to just play their favorite eclipse-themed songs at the office.
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It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Who wouldn’t want some of the eclipse souvenirs that are popping up in local stores and online?
Why not pick up an eclipse T-shirt, onesie or hat? WearBoise.com has a nice selection.
“Between our shop downtown and online sales across the state, demand has been nonstop,” said Lisa McGrath, co-owner of WearBoise.com with husband, Paul Carew.
There are a bunch of Idaho eclipse T-shirts on Etsy, including Boise Screen Print Shop’s “I blacked out in Idaho” and RadCake’s “I saw the dark side of the moon.” And don’t miss Banana ink’s glow-in-the-dark “Total Eclipse of the Idaho” men’s and women’s shirts.
There are also stickers, necklaces and calendars. Want a magnet? Re-POP has a limited number of these cool metal magnets.
Have you seen any eclipse merchandise you couldn’t resist? If so, send me a link and I’ll add it to this list.