On August 21st, for the first time 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States.
According to NASA, the total eclipse can be seen from 14 specific states in a path that goes from Oregon to South Carolina. For over a span of almost two hours. these places will experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. When the moon completely blocks the sun, day will turn into night and make visible the otherwise hidden solar corona, the sun’s atmosphere.
Because the total eclipse is only visible in certain places, some states are expecting high traffic during the last week of August. According to online travel company Hipmunk, bookings to Nashville, Tennessee; Portland, Oregon; Omaha, Nebraska; Knoxville, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; and Columbia, South Carolina, are up 418% compared to the same August weekend in 2016.
But, because companies can’t help making an extra buck off people’s enjoyment, flight ticket prices have also increased an upwards of 75% for some cities during this time. For example, tickets to Nashville have gone from $403 to $708.
So, if you haven’t booked your plane tickets to see the eclipse, may I recommend a train or a bus?
[Via The Verge]