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
Salem, Oregon has many beautiful and iconic parks. Due to the large open spaces in these parks, they will be a draw for many people to gather and watch the eclipse. The city will enforce park rules. If you’re planning on spending August 21 at the park, here are some things you need to know. Continue reading