At 10:15am on August 21, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the Oregon coast, stretching from Waldport to Pacific City. Four minutes later it will pass just north of Bend before leaving the state at 10:27 near Ontario. It is the first total solar eclipse to pass through the region since February 1979. Anyone near the center line will see twilight around the entire horizon for just under two minutes. The hot gas that surrounds the sun will cast an eerie silver light, punctuated by a ring of pink magnetic loops. Bright stars and planets will briefly become visible in the sky. Birds will fly back to their nests, hermit crabs will come out on the beach, and other wildlife will exhibit strange behavior. Your next opportunity to experience such an event probably won't come until 2045.
Join astronomer Travis Metcalfe (NHS class of 1991) for a pre-eclipse presentation of history, science, and practical advice for viewing this historic event. The one-hour presentation will be followed by audience questions, and every attendee will receive eclipse glasses for safe viewing of the sun.
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