If you haven’t heard by now about the Solar Eclipse you may be living under a rock. This historical phenomenon is bigger than the Y2K hysteria. Oregon is celebrating the eclipse with “Oregon SolarFest,” located in Madras. Thousands are descending on the small town to participate in the Solarfest adventures, from beer tasting, helicopter tours, hot air balloon rides and watching the eclipse. There have been reports of traffic backed up for miles and miles to attend the festival.
VRBO homes have been renting for up to $3000 a night to witness the eclipse. This seems extreme because the highly anticipated total solar eclipse may be spectacular, but it won’t last long. The duration of totality tops out at a few precious minutes. The duration in Madras, Oregon will be 2 minutes and 02 seconds.
The last total solar eclipse viewed from the United States was on February 26, 1979 whose path passed through the northwestern U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. After Mondays eclipse, the next annular solar eclipse that can be seen from the U.S. will be on October 14, 2023, which will be visible from Northern California to Florida.
So get your crazy glasses ready for the fastest 2 minutes of your life. BTW in Redding, we will only see a 86% eclipse.
For Eclipse 101 see this link: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how