2017 Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017!

Oregon Eclipse mapBy now you've likely heard that Oregon will be a prime location to view the total eclipse coming up in August.  There are a multitude of sites on the web that provide information about this event.  This page was created to provide a consolidated listing of sites that help you learn about the eclipse, enjoy it safely and provide activities that you can use to teach your youth about this exciting astronomical event. (Click the map to enarge)

As you can see from the map, Lincoln County will be the first place on the continent that the eclipse will be viewable, with land fall happening just after 9:00 am and totality occuring on the coast at 10:15.  The folks in Lincoln County have put together a comprehensive guide for enjoying the eclipse.  Another resource that provides information about the eclipse as it crosses the continent has been put together by Eclipse2017.org

Due to this unique opportunity some estimate there may be as many as a million visitors to Oregon during the days surrounding the eclipse.  The Wasco County Sherrif's Office has prepared a brief document on how to be prepared for the increase in visitors.

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Safety NOTE

Never stare directly at the sun as its brightness can destroy your vision by burning your eyes' retinas. This includes watching the solar eclipse. To safely view the sun or solar eclipse, use special eclipse viewing glasses or pin-hole viewing box. Note that regular sunglasses do NOT protect your eyes. Safety precautions must also be taken when photographing the sun and solar eclipse. READ the activity "A Safe Way to Observe the Sun" provided on this webpage for safe viewing options.


Activities for Exploring the Eclipse

  • Your Personal Pocket Sun Clock (from Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More). Youth make a portable sundial. Put link here

  • Modeling the Moon (from Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More). Youth model the order of the moon's phases using a light (sun), a Styrofoam ball (moon) and their head (the earth). Put link here

  • Moon Phase Lesson with Oreo Cookies. Using Oreo cookies, youth create the 8 phases of the moon and then eat their creation. http://www.pawneeschools.com/vimages/shared/vnews/stories/4e6199b98dd88/PhasesoftheMoonCookieActivityFREE-1.pdf

  • How do Eclipses Work? The Yardstick Eclipse from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Youth model solar and lunar eclipses using the sun (or light bulb in a dark room), and a yardstick with a two different sizes of wooden balls mounted on the stick. https://www.astrosociety.org/ASPYardstickEclipseInstructions.pdf

  • Modeling Eclipses (from Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More). Youth model both a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse using their heads, light, and Styrofoam ball. Put link here

  • A Safe Way to Observe the Sun (from Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More). Youth explore different methods of viewing a solar eclipse by making different viewing tools including a pinhole projection box, projection using a mirror, a pinhole projection using two sheets of paper, and special eclipse glasses. Put link here

Resources for 2017 Solar Eclipse Information

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