How to watch the Moon eclipse the Sun … from the Moon

See Totality from the Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Craters, sea of lava, magnificent desolation … no, not the Moon but the Craters of the Moon State Park, Idaho, which will experience a minute of precious Totality on August 21, 2017 when the Moon-shadow rushes across it.

Situated in Butte County, Idaho, and about 130 miles from Idaho Falls and 300 miles from Salt Lake City, you do need to be careful if you want to experience darkness in the day among its strange volcanic features and cinder fields.

Since it lies south of the Path of Totality, though still within ‘the stripes’, you’re dicing with destiny here because if you’re in the very south of the area, you’ll miss Totality completely. However, the weather prospects here are excellent.

Arco at the northern reaches of the Craters of the Moon State Park gets 1 minute 38 seconds of Totality from 11:31 am, with the Partial eclipse starting at 10:13 am MDT.

Photo credit: NPS/Dave Clark