On Monday, August 21, 2017, our area will experience a rare natural event – the total eclipse of the sun. We want to make sure people are considering safe food and water practices as they gather with family and friends to experience the event. Continue reading
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun. On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) along a narrow band across all of North America. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through the event, anyone within the roughly 70-mile-wide path of “totality” will experience a brief total eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun’s bright face for just under two minutes, turning day into night and making visible the otherwise hidden solar corona — the sun’s outer atmosphere — one of nature’s most awesome sights. Bright stars and planets will become visible as well.
Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality. Marion County and Salem are in this path. Continue reading
The debut of this summer’s blockbuster is August 21 and it is not a Hollywood movie. It’s the appearance of the total solar eclipse gracing Salem skies that Monday morning.
Because of the local rarity of the occurrence, Salem and the surrounding area will be experiencing a little eclipse mania. With visitors from all over the county and the world, we are going to be getting a little cozy with a lot of people! Continue reading
Welcome to the Salem, Oregon area! Potentially 250,000 to 500,000 people could travel to the region to view the August 21 eclipse. Naturally, with that many people, comes heavy traffic. So what can people expect in regards to finding a place to park? Continue reading
With current estimates of 1 million visitors in Oregon to view the eclipse, we’re planning that 250,000 to 500,000 of them could come to Salem and the surrounding area. Naturally, getting around could be challenging in the days leading up to, and through the August 21 eclipse.
We want residents to be able to enjoy this exciting celestial event. Ditto for visitors. We also want to make sure that anyone visiting the area enjoys our beautiful home state. As we’ve said before, planning ahead is key, so check out these tips so you know how to handle the potential traffic.
For the first time since 1979, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the contiguous United States. Because this could be a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people, there might be questions regarding what the eclipse means and what will happen. We’ve compiled a short list of things that will and will not happen during the solar eclipse. Continue reading
We want you to have a fun and safe time while visiting us for the Great American Eclipse. If you’re not from the area, here are five things you’ll need to keep in mind regarding some unique laws and conditions in Oregon and the Salem area. Continue reading
Drone photography and videography is a fun an exciting hobby when done safely and legally. Watch the video below if you plan to fly a drone in the Salem, Oregon area. Also check out our list of Do’s and Don’ts.
Do you own a business in the Salem, Oregon area? Are you preparing for the eclipse on August 21st? Here’s what you need to know to make sure you aren’t caught flat-footed for this once-in-a-lifetime event! Continue reading