A total eclipse has a profound impact on those who experience the phenomenon; it can alarm animals and affect their behavior as it produces “shadow bands,” rows of shadows that move rapidly across the ground.

Do you know how to prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime event? The total solar eclipse of Monday, August 21, 2017 – also known as “The Great American Eclipse” – will be the first total eclipse to touch on American soil since 1991; the first on the mainland since 1979; and the first to sweep across the entire country since 1918.

However, the August 21, 2017 eclipse will not be a total solar eclipse anywhere in the state of Washington or even in The Dalles. You’ll need to travel to Central Oregon to view the eclipse as it passes in a wide arc through the middle of Oregon. Learn what you can do to prepare to make this lifetime event the memory of a lifetime.

“Nothing you read, see, or hear can prepare you for the spine-tingling, goosebump-inducing experience of the total eclipse.  You do not simply see a total eclipse. You experience it. You are immersed in it. You are completely overwhelmed by it. Many people say that the experience of totality changes their lives.”   — Being in the Shadow, Dr. Kate Russo, author, psychologist, and eclipse chaser. ​

​​Total solar eclipses take place somewhere on the Earth every year or two, but are confined to a few fleeting moments along a narrow strip about 60 to 100 miles wide, and are often located in remote or inhospitable regions of the planet. This year, the 2017 Solar Eclipse path of totality in Oregon will pass over Lincoln City and Newport, Salem, Corvallis, Warm Springs, Madras, the John Day Fossil Beds, Dayville, and John Day.

Make your plans, be prepared, and enjoy this incredible moment in nature. Bob Yoesle from the Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will be on hand at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center on Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 12:30 – 1:30 to offer advice and a presentation on what this solar phenomenon will be like. The presentation will be inside the Murdock Theater and will be included with museum admission, or $5 for those who wish to see the program only. Yoesle will take a look at historical eclipse expeditions, and help you prepare for your own historical journey to view the solar eclipse.


Please remember the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” (example shown at left) or hand-held solar viewers.. Certified eclipse glasses are relatively cheap and available through many retail outlets, so don’t try to use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, those are not safe for looking at the sun

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