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On August 21, 2017, Oregon will be the first to see the total eclipse of the Sun. Join OMSI at the Oregon State Fairgrounds where we will celebrate the unique experience of complete darkness for close to two minutes. The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will include science lectures, astronomy-related community groups, entertainment, and more.
Get there early! Doors open at 6AM. The main event will begin around 9AM and the Total Eclipse will be at 10:18AM. A full schedule of activities is available on the main eclipse webpage.
Parking and camping will be available through the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Parking will open at 3am and will be $5 per vehicle. All ticketholders are guaranteed a parking spot; please be prepared to show your event ticket to the parking lot attendant upon arrival. You can also pre-purchase your parking via the Parking Panda website. The entrance to parking is located at the intersection of Silverton Road NE & Lana Ave.
Camping reservations are available thru their website by clicking here. If you have any questions, call 971.701.6567.
Travel time: The current estimated drive-time from Portland to Salem on Monday morning is 6 hours. It may also take 1-2 hours to travel from the freeway exit to the fairgrounds. The entrance to parking is located at the intersection of Silverton Road NE & Lana Ave. (Oregon is expected to see over 1 million visitors for the solar eclipse.) To check current traffic conditions go to TripCheck.com
The event is rain or shine; all tickets are non-refundable. Tickets include a seat in the LB Day Amphitheater, a solar eclipse viewer and a ticket to the Oregon State Fair, Aug 25-Sept 4, 2017.
To view the schedule of activities visit omsi.edu/eclipse-2017
No pets are allowed at the event. Service animals are welcome.
*Note: Only look at the sun when it is 100% covered. You must use special solar viewing glasses whenever the sun isn’t completely eclipsed or it may cause irreparable eye damage. Viewing Party tickets include solar viewing glasses. Solar eclipse glasses are currently available for purchase in the OMSI Science Store for guests unable to attend the viewing party. Watch our video on 5 ways to safely view the eclipse.
For more information 503.797.4529 or email@example.com.
About the Eclipse
A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves right in front of the sun, covering it completely for a very short time. It darkens the whole sky, lets you look right at the sun*, and shows you the beautiful corona that surrounds the sun. Stars come out, the horizon glows with a 360-degree sunset, the temperature drops, and day turns into night. Oregon is on the center line and several cities around the state will experience maximum totality.
On the beach in Oregon, just north of Newport, the shadow will first touch land at about 10:15am, and will experience a full minute and fifty seconds of totality. The actual centerline of the eclipse path will hit solid ground six seconds later, and plunge Lincoln Beach and Depoe Bay into darkness for one minute and 58 seconds!
It will take only two minutes for the shadow to race eastward toward its first date with a large population of folks who will be breathlessly awaiting its arrival. Salem, Dallas, Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Philomath, McMinnville, and Woodburn, will experience various lengths of totality based on their varying distances from the centerline. At the Oregon State Fairgrounds, we will be treated to one minute and 54.5 seconds of shadow at just after 10:17am.
The eclipse will travel through the forests of central Oregon, hitting the mountains at Madras and Warm Springs at about 10:19am. Mitchell and Prairie City will be next, and the shadow will leave Oregon just north of Ontario. The majority of the Pacific Northwest, including Portland and Eugene, are NOT in the path of totality, will witness a partial eclipse ranging from 88% to 99%.
The eclipse will continue across the United States where Illinois will experience the longest eclipse duration at two minutes and 41 seconds. The final shadow will be over the Atlantic Ocean near the west coast of Africa. See a map of the full eclipse path.
*Note: Only look at the sun when it is 100% covered. You must use special solar viewing glasses whenever the sun isn’t completely eclipsed or it may cause irreparable eye damage. Viewing Party tickets include solar viewing glasses.