Eye Safety During a Solar Eclipse

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

Don’t Worry, You Too Can #SurviveTheEclipse

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

What to Do To Prepare for The Potential Traffic

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.

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Why You Should Come Early, Stay Late and Leave No Trace

Traveling to an eclipse viewing event in the Salem, Oregon area? If so, you’ll want to keep these things in mind. We expect the greatest number of visitors along the ‘path of totality’ – that part of the eclipse route where the sun is 100% obscured by the moon’s shadow. We ask that you to join us in planning ahead and think about the impacts to your activities, travel and safety. Check out these tips! Continue reading