Stuhr Museum will Play Host for Grand Island's 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Event


Nebraska will be a hot spot for viewing the 2017 total solar eclipse, and Grand Island is looking to be a major hub in the area.

On Monday morning organizers from around Grand Island met at Stuhr Museum to talk details for the event taking place on August 21, 2017.

Experts say Grand Island will be one of the best places in the country to witness about two and a half minutes of totality. Stuhr will play host for thousands that are expected to visit. Organizers say it's the perfect location for many reasons.

"It's a place where people safely park and where they have facilities; you're going to want to spend several hours there. It's not just going to be a local thing -- this is really an international event. We've had people coming from other countries inquiring about coming here, and so we do expect large crowds and we wanted to safely accommodate those crowds," said Grand Island Visitors Bureau Executive Director Brad Mellema.

Experts say the last total solar eclipse in Grand Island happened in the year 1194 and they say the next one of this magnitude won't be until the year 2744.

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