225 W. Olive St., Room 103
Newport, OR 97365
Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.
Who Can See It?
Lots of people! Everyone in the contiguous United States, in fact, everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse, while the thin path of totality will pass through portions of 14 states.
What Is It?
This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.
How Can You See It?
You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality. That could severely hurt your eyes. However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing – which requires some type of filtering device and indirect viewing where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse.
Lincoln County is approaching the eclipse in many regards as a mass gathering event with a focus on preparedness and public safety. Leading up to the event the Lincoln County Office Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management is coordinating with local and state jurisdictions for the anticipated influx of visitors. Planning meetings with said agencies have been regularly occurring since November of 2016 with focus planning efforts into four main areas: Transportation, Medical, (EMS, Hospital, and Public Health), Information and Messaging Coordination, Code/Policy Enforcement.
Lincoln County Public Information Officers and Emergency Management have developed the following comprehensive Eclipse Information Guide to assist residents, visitors and businesses with their planning efforts.