Wednesday , August 16, 2017 - 12:11 PM
Northern Utah will fall just short of witnessing the total solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, but the views will still be pretty spectacular.
Want to a see a preview of the in-the-sky action? You’re in luck — several news outlets have published interactive tools that show what the eclipse will look like from your zip code.
Vox created an animation that shows both the eclipse’s path and an interactive map outlining how far you’d have to travel to see the total eclipse. The national news outlet used data from the United States Naval Observatory and NASA to create the tool.
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In addition to Vox’s tool, Time magazine created a similar animation using data from NASA.
“Our animation is fact-checked against NASA's times and is generally accurate to within one minute of the space agency's calculations for when the "peak eclipse" will occur in a given spot,” Time reporter Chris Wilson wrote in the article.
For example, those of us in Ogden (84405) will see the moon cover 92.7 percent of the sun at the event’s height. The peak will occur at 11:33 a.m., according to Vox.
Further north in Box Elder County, watchers will see a little more coverage. In Brigham City (84302) there will be 94.3 percent coverage, and near the Utah/Idaho border in Lewiston (84320), about 95.8 percent of the sun will be covered.
Thinking about driving further north to the path of the total solar eclipse? Officials recommend leaving early — traffic on Utah roads leading to Idaho and Wyoming is expected to be packed with drivers in the days leading up to the celestial show.
During the weekend leading up to the eclipse, more than 50,000 extra drivers are expected to be on Utah roads, the Utah Department of Transportation said in a news release.
Traffic is expected to back up from Friday evening through Sunday evening, UDOT says. However, the heaviest delays are expected Monday evening, when drivers returning from their eclipse-watching spots will merge with the regular commute on southbound roads.
Especially heavy congestion is expected from Brigham City to the I-84 split in Tremonton, UDOT says.
To help with traffic flow, UDOT is planning to suspend construction projects and open all lanes of traffic along Interstate 15, the release says.
If you plan to drive north, check out this list of the total eclipse trajectory and the best spots to watch the event on the Great American Eclipse’s website. The video below, from NASA, shows the path the eclipse will take across the whole county.
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