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Eclipse 2017

ECLIPSE WHAT, WHEN, WHERE

The solar eclipse will happen on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. While it will cross the entire continent, it makes first landfall right here in Oregon. The timing of the eclipse differs slightly depending on where you're viewing it, but the partial eclipse will begin shortly after 9 a.m. in Oregon and reach totality between 10:15 and 10:25.

ECLIPSE VIEWING AT IT'S BEST

Everyone in the state will see at least a 90 percent eclipse, but if you want to experience the cosmic event to its fullest you'll want to be in what's called the "path of totality" - a band about 60 miles wide through Oregon that includes all of Grant County. But being in the path of the eclipse means nothing if the weather is bad, which makes eastern Oregon a prime destination for clear viewing.

BE PREPARED FOR THE EVENT

People in that path will be able to look at the total eclipse without eye protection once it's dark, seeing fountains of plasma exploding from the surface of the sun, as all light from the sun is blotted out in the shadow of the moon. But remember that you'll be staring at the sun. NASA recommends wearing glasses with a special filter (you can use number 14 welders glass or buy a cheap pair of special-made paper shades), or using a DIY pinhole projector.

PRAIRIE CITY ECLIPSE RESOURCES

CONTACTS FOR ECLIPSE 2017 CAMPING:

Need a place to camp or stay for the 2017 SOLAR ECLIPSE? Camping is filling up fast so get your reservations today!

  • RV Camping 1 block from downtown Prairie City: 510-847-2941
  • Prairie City RV camping with a view: 208-257-3555
  • John Day camping for Tents & RV's with a 360 degree view: kightseclipsecamping.com
  • Camp in your tent or RV next to the Prairie City Historical Cemetery: 541-820-3510
  • RV Camping 2 blocks from downtown Prairie City: 541-620-1904 or 541-620-2310
  • RV & Tent camping with a stellar 360 view at the Ricco Ranch, 1.2 miles South of Prairie City. Shuttle service call 541-820-3614 or visit their website
  • Pine Creek Eclipse RV & Tent Camping-can accommodate large groups: 541-620-8947
  • Visit the Prairie City School website for tent camping
  • RV camping at the Emmel Ranch in Prairie City: 541-820-3698
  • Visit the McDaniel Ranch facebook page for RV and tent camping
  • Camping with a 360 view, approximately 7 mi. east of Prairie City: solareclipse2017celebration-ra.godaddysites.com
  • Are you RV or Tent campers seeking a great site with partial and full hookups, AND an astronomers presentation AND a live band Monday night? You should call Sammi at Belly Acres Ranch in John Day Oregon - 619-987-1577 - to make arrangements for a site with a 360 degree view and a country breakfast! Google Solar Slam in Mt. Vernon!

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