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Solar Eclipse 2017

Oregon will experience a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. This is an unusual opportunity; Oregon has experienced a total solar eclipse only twice in the last century, and only over small portions of the state each time. The last one in Oregon, in 1979, ran along the northern state border. This year, in just ninety-one minutes, the sixty-five mile wide umbra of the Moon’s shadow on Earth will bisect Oregon and pass through twelve other states on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Totality, when the moon blocks the entire sun, begins on the Oregon coast at about 10:15 am on the morning of Monday, August 21, and finishes in South Carolina. Within the path of totality the sun’s light will be totally blocked for about two minutes and the sun’s faint surrounding aura of plasma, the corona, will appear around the moon’s image on the sun.

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