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Solar Eclipse 2017

From ‘Around the O’

To best understand the eclipse, interested sun-gazers can attend one of several talks that UO physicists are delivering in August.

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You are invited to attend the following lecture:


When: August 16, 2017, 6:00pm
Where: The Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave, Eugene, OR

Speaker: Jim Brau
Philip H. Knight Professor of Natural Science
University of Oregon

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. Professor Brau will discuss the science behind the 2017 solar eclipse in a talk suitable for all ages of the public. Admission free.


 To view a presentation delivered by Professor Jim Brau to the Oregon Senate, click HERE.


Come visit the UO Physics department booth at the OMSI Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, August 21, 2017 | 6:00am – 12:00pm at Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. (Tickets are sold out and the waiting list is full.)
Jim Brau will present a lecture at 8:00am.  (More info at booth.)

The Oregon Quarterly printed a recent article on the eclipse which can be found here:


Please note: The article printed in the June 1st edition of Eugene Weekly was a misprint.  The Physics department does not have any solar viewing glasses.
You should be able to find them at local stores as we get closer to the big event, but if you would like to buy them ahead of time, you can get them on-line at retailers such as Amazon and  Be sure to use proper eye protection, there are many good articles available on-line as to what to look for in safe viewing glasses.

Other than the above, there are no UO Physics eclipse related events planned or activities in Eugene or on the UO campus.

This is due to the fact that Eugene and the UO campus are not in the path of totality for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. For the same reason, there will also be no eclipse related activities at Pine Mountain Observatory for this event. As our professors are dedicated to their classes, students and research, we are unable to connect you directly with assistance regarding the eclipse. We hope that the following links can provided you with any needed resources:

Oregon State University, which is in the path of totality will be having their own special events:

More information can be found at the following sites:

The UO Physics Department does occasionally have events related to astronomy/astrophysics that are open to the public, these events are typically promoted in local newspapers and on our department website (