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Ravenna gears up for the 2017 total solar eclipse

Edgerton Explorit Center brought in the planetarium to show others what to expect for the August 21 total solar eclipse. (NTV News)

Folks in Ravenna experienced what it would look like during a total solar eclipse in a portable planetarium.

Edgerton Explorit Center brought in the planetarium to show others what to expect for the August 21 total solar eclipse.

The event was held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ravenna.

"Whats it going to look like? How dark is it gonna get? Those are the two right at the top on the list," Edgerton Explorit Center's Dan Glomski said.

People walked into a dome-like structure only to find out it was a presentation being shown about the total solar eclipse.

"I've seen a total solar eclipse before and I can tell you that the movie that depicts it the way it appears from earth from the ground really is a accurate depiction what you can expect to see except the real thing is more spectacular," Glomski said.

Glomski said it is a once in a lifetime opportunity because the next one you will see here in Nebraska won't be until 2106. With viewing it, Glomski said there is no perfect spot to view it.

"You wanna be along the center line of the shadow that's where the eclipse lasts the longest and people who come here from overseas probably will have researched all of that," Glomski said.

Ravenna is drawing in thousands of people and it is at the top of the list for places to view it in our state.

"This will bring in from anywhere from 5,000 to I think 15,000 so it can be a big economic boom. It can make us more, put us on the map," director of Ravenna Public Library Karrie Huryta said.

Ravenna is preparing for the big event with a weekend of festivities leading up to August 21.

"We are planning a whole weekend of events because a lot of people as they've been calling from all over the U.S. have been saying what do you have going on we have stuff to do," executive director of Ravenna Chamber of Commerce Gena McPherson said.

The next event that will be held in Ravenna will be a presentation about how Dr. Kate Russo has seen around 10 eclipses.


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