The August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse has been called the Great American Eclipse because it will be visible from only one country—the United States. The path of totality, which reaches a maximum width of 71 miles, will stretch in a southeasterly route from Oregon to South Carolina. Lowell Observatory chose Madras, Oregon, as the site for our event because this area has the highest probability of clear skies on August 21. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States since 1979, and the first one to stretch across the entire country, from the Pacific to Atlantic oceans, since 1918. We are planning for 4,500 guests at our event. The town of Madras is expecting between 50,000 – 100,000 visitors for this event.
The Lowell Observatory 2017 Solar Eclipse Experience is a way for Lowell to enhance and educate the public’s solar experience. The highlight will be more than two minutes of total darkness during the eclipse on Monday, August 21. Lowell Observatory will also host astronomer talks and solar experiments throughout the day at the Madras High School and Performing Arts Center and end the evening with a star party on the football field. We will be offering star parties and astronomer talks in the evenings of Sunday, August 20th in Madras and Tuesday, August 22nd in Bend.
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Sun Image Credit: SOHO (NASA & ESA)