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Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

April 8, 2024 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join OMSI for our solar eclipse viewing celebration

Featuring space science activities, a special educator talk, and multiple viewing options—OMSI is the place to be on April 8! Join us from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm in the front plaza to see the solar eclipse in person or watch a live stream from cities along the eclipse’s direct path in the Planetarium and Auditorium.

Safety Warning

Do not view any of this solar eclipse without eye protection.  Even during the partial phase, the Sun shines brightly enough to damage your eyes without a protective filter.

Special solar viewing glasses will be available at the OMSI Science Store.

The duration of the partial solar eclipse in Portland will be 1 hour and 46 minutes, beginning at 10:33 am and ending at 12:19 pm. The maximum eclipse occurs at 11:25 am when the Moon covers 33 percent of the Sun’s diameter at 45 degrees above the southeastern horizon.

About Solar Eclipses

To see the next full solar eclipse visiting North America, you’ll need to make your way to a spot in the path of totality on April 8. This includes parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, as well as parts of Mexico and Canada.


The duration of totality for the April 8 total solar eclipse will be 4 minutes and 27 seconds, nearly twice that of the 2017 solar eclipse.


Weather and travel are always important factors for eclipse viewing. Both the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Coast could deal with morning fog and cloudy conditions.  Less cloudy conditions are expected east of the Cascades towards the Idaho/Nevada borders.

Oregon locations inside the path of the April 8 partial eclipse
CitiesTime Max Solar EclipsePartial Solar Eclipse
Portland11:25 am33%
Pendleton11:30 am38%
Ontario11:30 am44%
Bend11:25 am37%
Eugene11:23 am35%
Roseburg11:21 am35%
Klamath Falls11:21 am39%
Burns11:27 am41%
Jordan Valley11:28 am45%
Astoria11:25 am31%
Newport11:22 am32%
Coos Bay11:18 am34%

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Email events@omsi.edu or call 503.797.4000 x0.

What is a partial solar eclipse?

A partial solar eclipse occurs when only a portion of the Sun is visibly covered by the Moon.

What does totality mean?

Totality occurs when the Moon completely covers the Sun.

What should I wear?

While we are crossing our fingers for clear skies, Portland weather is unpredictable. We recommend dressing for the weather as part of this event will be held outside.

Do I have to pay for parking?

OMSI has switched to a new parking system via the mobile parking app, Parking Kitty, to create an easier and more streamlined experience for our visitors. OMSI parking will cost $5 + fees for 2 hours or $8 + fees for all day parking. Parking is $2 + fees for after-hours events.

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