Monday, August 21, 2017

On the morning of Monday, August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States see one of Nature’s most wondrous spectacles:  a total solar eclipse of the sun.

A scene of undeniable beauty:  the Moon completely blocks out the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, street lights come on, crickets chirp, and the Sun’s corona shimmers across the darkened sky.

This image was painted by Denis Finnin in 1918 as he viewedLocal Information the 1918 solar eclipse from Baker City, Oregon.

Most people consider themselves lucky to witness such an event even once in their lifetime.  The eerie quality of sunlight as totality approaches, the astonishing sight of the day turning into night, and the Sun’s corona blazing across the sky is a sight to be remembered forever.  The last such an event in the U.S. took place in February of 1979, and the last one in Oregon was in 1918.

By the time the August 21, 2017 eclipse touches down at LINCOLN BEACH at 10:15 a.m., the shadow of the Moon (the umbra) will have touched no other land mass or island on the globe.  Because we’re “FIRST,” the Oregon Coast will automatically become one of the most popular sites from which to watch the eclipse.

On the west coast, Oregon has totality all to itself.  Neither Washington nor Oregon will come into full darkness.  Therefore, we can expect visitors from our neighboring states to the north and south.

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