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Want to watch the eclipse? Here are 3 eclipse events happening in Northwest Colorado

“American Eclipse” by David Baron tells the story of three people — James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell and Thomas Edison — following totality across the county during the Gilded Age. Limited copies of the book are available at Downtown Books in Craig.

On Monday the skies in Northwest Colorado will darken when the moon covers about 93 percent of the sun and one of the greatest natural light shows, a solar eclipse, will be on display.

Everyone in North America will have at least a partial eclipse view causing many to proclaim this event "The Great American Eclipse."

People wishing to see the total eclipse of the sun by the moon will have to travel north.

According to GreatAmericanEclipse.com, the total solar eclipse begins in the Pacific Ocean at sunrise and reaches Yaquina Head near Newport, Oregon at about 10:16 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time then continues through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, before exiting the nation at South Carolina at about 2:49 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Viewers in Colorado can expect to see the moon obscure 80 to 98 percent of the sun from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the peak at around 11:35 a.m.

NASA recommends finding a nice, clear spot with a good view of the sky to best experience the eclipse.

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Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering an eclipse trip to Wyoming and a viewing party in Craig. And Colorado Parks and Wildlife are offering events in state parks throughout the state, with the closest held at Yampa State Park and Rifle Gap State Park.

 CNCC Casper Eclipse Trip

Only those people who travel into the direct path of the moon's shadow will see totality, or 100 percent, of the eclipse. A group from CNCC will travel north to Casper, Wyoming to see totality. The eclipse will be viewed at the Casper Events Center where concessions, restrooms, water are available. Seats are limited and available on a first come first served basis with priority given to CNCC students.

When: Arrive on campus at 3:45 a.m., depart at 4 a.m. and return around 6 p.m. on Aug. 21.

Where: CNCC's Craig Campus, 2801 W 9th St.; viewing at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.

Cost: Free. Bring food for the trip or money to purchase food through the day.

To sign-up: contact Liz Johnson in person, via email at Elizabeth.johnson@cncc.edu or by calling 970-824-1119

 While Colorado does not fall in the path of totality, residents interested in the phenomenon do not need to battle traffic and crowds in neighboring states to get an amazing perspective of the eclipse.

 CNCC Craig eclipse party

The community is invited to join CNCC faculty and staff to view the partial eclipse — 93 percent totality, make a pinhole viewer and use telescopes.

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 21

Where: Geothermal Field beside the Academic Building, 2801 W 9th St., Craig.

Cost: Free

For information: Call Brian Mackenzie at 970-824-1129

 Colorado Parks and Wildlife eclipse celebration

Colorado State Parks are offering several learning and viewing events during the solar eclipse. Yampa River State Park will celebrate by playing some games, doing some crafts and eclipse trivia. Viewing glasses will be provided (while supplies last). Regular sunglasses are not appropriate for viewing the eclipse.

Many other parks are offering different experiences, and some parks do require an RSVP for these special events, so be sure to check before heading to the parks.

When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 21.

Where: Yampa River State Park at 6185 W. US Hwy. 40, Hayden

Full list of State Parks holding events visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife's 2017 Solar Eclipse webpage.

Cost: Park pass, bring your own lunch.

More information: email Yampa.River@State.Co.Us or call 970-276-2061

Read about another Great American Eclipse in the book "American Eclipse" by David Baron. It tells the story of three people — James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell and Thomas Edison — following totality across the county during the Gilded Age. Copies of the book are available at Downtown Books in Craig.

To prepare for your solar eclipse adventure, view NASA's Total Solar Eclipse map and read Your Health feature story to learn how to safely view the eclipse.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.