When – August 21, 2017. If you happen to miss this one, the next one will happen again in Oregon in about 100 years. The last total eclipse that was visible coast to coast in US occurred in 1918.
Where – Only a small sliver of the country, about 70-90 miles wide, extending from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a total solar eclipse. Here in Oregon we will have a chance to watch the moon completely block the sun for about 2 minutes.
Eye safety first! It is safe to view the two or more minutes of totality with a naked eye. In fact, it is encouraged to do so! However, special solar filters or eclipse glasses must be worn as long as the sun’s face is visible. The only safe way to view a partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters that meet international standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing. Looking at the sun without a proper protection can cause significant and irreversible damage to the part of the retina called the fovea, used for central vision.
What NOT to wear – Sunglasses, photographic/neutral density filters, polarizing filters, smoked glasses, CDs/DVDs, other home-made filters. Visit NASA’s website for more information on eclipse safety: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/safety.html
One of nature’s rarest and most incredible events will be happening in our own backyard. Don’t miss it! Stop by South Waterfront Eye Care and get your eclipse glasses today – they are running out fast!