Thursday, June 26, 2014
Solar Eclipse - 1979
It happened on February 26, 1979 at 10:39 am Minot time. Minot was on the path of the total solar eclipse of the sun. Many people traveled hundreds of miles to see the event. The path of the eclipse was a wide arc from Portland, Oregon through Butte and Billings, Montana. Then onward to the northeast through Williston and Minot and into Canada – Winnipeg and Fort Severn. The total eclipse lasted about 2 minutes. Many people traveled as many as 1200 miles to see it. Minot became the destination for viewing as it had the best forecast for Clear Skies over other major cities.