The Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) recommends that visitors with hotel reservations during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 contact the hotel directly as soon as possible to confirm that their reservations will be honored at the originally advertised price and to make sure that the reservation has not been canceled. 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
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
The eclipse happening on August 21, 2017 could bring in 250,000 people — into the Salem, Oregon area. Many people are planning on camping, and probably expecting to build a campfire. August is still wildfire season in Oregon, so the State Fire Marshal has provided important safety tips to help keep Oregon green, and you safe.
Like it or not, the eclipse is coming and it’s bringing with it as many as 250,000 people to the greater Salem, Oregon area. Here’s what the governments of Marion County and the City of Salem are doing to prepare for the eclipse. We will update this information as we get closer to the event.
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