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Monday, August 21, 2017

If you’re lucky enough to be under the shadow when the moon moves between the sun and the earth, and you see and feel the sun completely blotted out, you have experienced something profoundly transcendent to the human experience.

You, and all of nature around you, are plunged into a seemingly unnatural totality of darkness. It’s an event that many will never experience, and most who do experience only once in a lifetime. Some find it overwhelming.

In a word, it is awesome and oddly inspiring. OK, that’s four words. But you’ll only understand if you experience it firsthand. A partial eclipse is interesting. A total eclipse is a strange, mystical, almost supernatural phenomenon—a reminder of the wonder and power and size of life and our universe.

Florence is about 40 miles south of the Path of Totality. That means we’ll experience a partial eclipse of about 97% coverage of the sun. It will appear similar to the darkness of about an hour after sundown. Some local officials estimate crowds equal to Rhododendron Festival, some predict more, others predict less. The fact is, there is no way to know at this point.

Please read the tips provided under “Don’t Get Eclipsed By The Eclipse!” and check these links for additional resources to help you understand and prepare for what is coming:

Interesting general information by a global eclipse chaser and scientist
Oregon Office of Emergency Management
NASA official site
Eclipse maps
A map of the path of totality in Oregon
General information on the eclipse
Eclipse Information Guide 2017


Solar Eclipse 2017