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Eclipse Viewing Tips
- It is never safe to view an eclipse without proper eye protection. And standard sunglasses won’t cut it — look for certified eclipse glasses or solar viewers that have been approved by the American Astronomical Society.
- When choosing an eclipse viewing spot, keep safety and preparation in mind. Avoid stopping on the highway and be aware of surrounding cliff terrain or wildlife. If you're venturing into a remote area, you'll want to research your route and take into account the abilities of everyone in your group (Read: How To Stay Safe in the Outdoors). You'll also want to avoid areas where obstructions might be in your line of sight, and note that higher elevation can increase cloud coverage. If you intend to watch the eclipse on public lands, check out these tips from BLM Utah.
- Please note that local Indigenous Tribes have traditional beliefs and practices surrounding eclipses. These can include not viewing the eclipse or images of the eclipse, being silent or remaining indoors. It can also mean some tribal lands will be closed during the eclipse. Navajo Tribal Parks and Monuments will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day of the eclipse. See more tips on how to visit with respect, courtesy of the Bears Ears Partnership.
- The duration of annularity — when the moon is fully silhouetted against the sun — can vary depending upon your viewing location, even within the same city. To determine the precise duration of an exact location, check out this interactive eclipse Google map developed by author and astrophotographer Xavier Jubier.
- These Utah counties are forecasted to have viewing locations with a duration of four minutes or more: Beaver, Garfield, Juab, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sevier, Tooele and Wayne. For eclipse duration by city, visit nationaleclipse.com.
- Utah is on Mountain Time, so be sure to adjust your clock to the correct time upon arriving in the state.
- The eclipse is scheduled to enter Utah around 9 a.m. MT, with annularity beginning roughly around 10:20 a.m. MT. The eclipse exits the state around 12 noon MT.
- The direct path of the eclipse in Utah passes over scenic forest, mountain and desert landscapes. Views promise to be spectacular, but remember to be prepared for limited services in these remote areas. Expect small towns with fewer resources, lots of wilderness area and intermittent cell service. See more responsible travel tips.