Are you ready to be a part of history? On August 21 at 10:15 a.m., Oregon will be one of the states to bear witness to a stunning total solar eclipse. It’s true, we’ve experienced solar eclipses before, but this one is being described as “unprecedented”. Why? It’s the first time the U.S. has seen an eclipse of this nature since the country’s independence in 1776! Over 12 million people will be in the path of totality, but that doesn’t mean it can be seen from just anywhere or in any way. Osprey Apartments has the lowdown on where you should bring your eyes and what you should do to prepare for the Oregon Eclipse 2017!
The Ultimate Watch Party
*Image from Oregon Eclipse 2017’s Website
With such a momentous occasion, how could Oregonians not throw a mind-blowing party? From August 17 to 23, droves of watchers from all over the world will be making the journey to an epic Eclipse event at Big Summit Prairie in Crook County.
Organizers will be turning 55,000 acres of ranch land into a massive festival with events, seven performance stages, 360 musicians, campsites, workshops, and art installations. It’s basically going to be its own mini city with the goal of connecting, unifying, and enlightening people from all different cultures and backgrounds.
Do-It-Yourself Watch Party
*image from Oregon SoloarFest’s Facebook
Of course, Big Summit Prairie is not the be-all-end-all when it comes to watching the Oregon Eclipse of 2017. There are several other events being held like Oregon SOLARFEST and the OMSI Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, but it’s possible that events might sell out soon.
If you decide to do your own watch party, make sure to head south to Central Oregon for the best view. Places like Madras or Salem are excellent spots. Also, while Portland may not be in the direct path of the Eclipse, it’s still possible to see the 99.4% eclipse totality. Just make sure you’re in an open area, and direct your protected eyes to the southeast at 10:19 a.m.
How to Prepare for Oregon Eclipse 2017
*image from wikipedia
As with any monumental event, there are some tips for not only keeping yourself safe, but also free from frustration. As we’re sure you’ve heard before, eclipses can seriously damage your eyes if you don’t view them in the correct manner. Also, it’s expected that a million people will be descending upon Oregon to take part in the Eclipse. Here is what you should do to make sure you have a healthy, fun viewing:
- Get solar eclipse viewing glasses (may be available from local public libraries)
- Run all important errands prior to the solar event
- If you’re camping, make sure you have all necessary supplies
- Try to stay off the roads during Oregon Eclipse 2017 events (some suggest Aug. 17 to 24)
At Osprey, we know what really matters to PDX-ers. It’s why we regularly share the Portland news and events that we know will positively affect the lives of people within the community.
It’s also why we’ve created an apartment community that is completely centered on residents. Often called an urban oasis, Osprey boasts close proximity to all the conveniences of downtown while being right next door to the natural beauty of the Willamette and South Waterfront Greenway. In addition, tenants enjoy crisp, modern apartments stocked with incredible features and high-end amenities that allow them to stay healthy, entertained, and connected to others. Simply put – we believe in always promoting well-being, happiness, and balance!