Solar Eclipse Photo
Visitors often travel to Newport, Oregon for seemingly obvious reasons. They come to play on the beach and in the surf, to eat the freshest seafood available and drink fine regional wines and local craft beer, to experience the world-class Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Historic Bayfront, and to enjoy a variety of other sorts of recreation that only this picturesque city by the sea can offer. But did you know that adventurers and sightseers will trek to the coast in record numbers to view the total solar eclipse of 2017?
That’s because Newport is located next to the center of the eclipse’s path of totality; the middle of the 70 mile wide route that the eclipse will follow. That’s right! At approximately 10:15 A.M. on August 21, 2017, the entire total solar eclipse will be visible from Newport for almost two minutes. Whether you view the eclipse from one of the many beaches the city has to offer, or inland from the seashore, the sight is bound to be epic!
A total solar eclipse is an amazing phenomenon; an awe-inspiring experience that surprises and delights those lucky enough to view the event inside the eclipse’s path of totality. In order for a solar eclipse to happen, the Sun, Moon and Earth must be aligned in a perfect straight line during the new Moon phase. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon blocks out the Sun completely, daylight becomes twilight, and only the Sun’s corona shines through the darkness.
The eclipse of 1979 was the last year a total solar eclipse was visible from North America, and the total solar eclipse of 1918 was the last time a total solar eclipse crossed North America from the Pacific to the Atlantic. So the 2017 total solar eclipse is a very big deal indeed! Thousands of people travel great distances across the world to witness an eclipse, and in August of 2017, we are lucky enough to combine the experience of a total solar eclipse with all of the magic that a visit to Newport has to offer.
A total solar eclipse is easy to prepare for once you plan an extended weekend on the beach. Although August 21st is a Monday, take the day off work in advance, and if you have children back in school, prearrange their absence for that day (it will be something that they remember for a lifetime). Book your hotel or camp site well in advance, because as with most places in the path of totality, lodging availability will become more limited as August 2017 approaches.
The most important preparation for the eclipse is eye protection. You must wear special glasses to view the eclipse so the sun won’t damage your eyes. Special glasses are available online for around a dollar a set. Make sure to purchase your protective eyewear in advance, because options might be limited right before the eclipse.
Cloudy or foggy weather can detract from the experience, so pay close attention to the forecast. Many eclipse viewers have a back-up plan, so if the weather is not perfect, select an alternative viewpoint that is still within the path of totality. Alternative plans can be made by matching a map of the path of totality with a current weather forecast early on the morning of August 21st.
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience! Plan now to enjoy all of the wonderful opportunities that Newport has to offer, and gather friends and family to join in the fun that will culminate with the total solar eclipse. Please visit the Newport Chamber of Commerce website for a comprehensive list of lodging, dining and recreation options at newportchamber.org. In addition, you may want to download a map of the path of totality, investigate the eclipse further and purchase protective eyewear at eclipse2017.org, or from several other online sites dedicated to the total solar eclipse of 2017.
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