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Beatrice hosts eclipse viewing party at Homestead National Monument

Total Eclipse

Beatrice and Gage County have viewing events planned for the 2017 solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

The visitors center located at 281 N 5th Street will be open on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 21, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The start of the eclipse will begin at 11:37 a.m. (CDT) with the start of Totality at 1:01:11 p.m. (CDT). This time will vary by seconds depending on your location in Gage County.

A NASA Broadcast Location will be Homestead National Monument of America. Several NASA Scientists will be there to view the eclipse in totality. They will also be giving several presentations throughout the weekend activities.

The viewing site will be Homestead National Monument of America & Gage County Fairgrounds, Hidden Acres Golf Course in Beatrice with additional county sites located in Blue Springs, Pickrell and Virginia. Additional parking for Homestead National Monument will be located at the Gage County Fairgrounds in Beatrice, and a shuttle service will be provided to transport visitors as parking is limited.

Beatrice is located in the southeast corner of Nebraska, with easy access from Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri and all points in the Midwest. The city is located just a short 2-hour drive from Eppley Airfield in Omaha or a 45-minute drive from the Lincoln Airport. Our own regional airport can easily handle your small plane or jet Beatrice Airport.

Plan to arrive early and join in the weekend events as they will be filled with educational and fun events to make your visit here memorable.

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