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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

CAMPING

  • Camp in your tent or RV next to the Historical Cemetery: 541-820-3510
  • RV camping at the Emmel Ranch: 541-820-3698
  • RV and tent camping at the McDaniel Ranch: See their Facebook page
  • Tent camping at the Prairie City School: See their website

EVENTS

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