Total eclipse occurs when the moon comes into a position where it masks Earth from the sun.
The sun is completely obscured, the sky goes dark and the temperature drops by 10 to 15 degrees.
But to see it you have to be directly under the path of totality, which is about 70 miles wide. If you are outside it you will see only a partial eclipse. The next one is not happening until 2024, so if you don’t want to miss it, here’s where you should be on August 21.
Lincoln Beach in Oregon & Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho are the two hot spots for those of us from the Pacific Northwest.
Below are some tips from the Department of Interior on how to safely enjoy this rare event!
1. It is NEVER safe to look at the sun during the eclipse. Except during the very short period of totality do not look directly at the sun without approved solar-viewing devices.
2. Be sure to get there early to beat the crowds and find a good parking spot. Only park in designated areas or lots. Please don’t park along the sides of roads or in meadows. The total eclipse lasts only 1 minute-2 minutes and 41 seconds (depending upon your location), so do not be late!
3. Know the fire risks and respect fire restrictions. August is peak wildfire season for public lands, and a small spark can rapidly become a large fire. Be sure to properly put out campfires, and in many areas, vehicles are required to have a shovel and fire extinguisher or gallon of water.
4. Get your maps. Some public lands are remote areas along unmaintained roads and are often inter-mingled with private land, so know where you're going. Contact your local Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or Forest Service offices for camping and jurisdiction maps. Before you head out, make sure you are familiar with the area you are going to and ensure you have appropriate gear, equipment, and supplies.
5. Use designated spots for camping. While most reservable campgrounds are already booked, there are some locations that offer first come, first serve campsites. Remember: whether in a developed campground or at a dispersed site, you can usually camp in an area for up to 14 days. Learn more about camping guidelines.
6. Don’t forget your eclipse glasses. You’ll be able to buy eclipse glasses at some public land visitor centers, but to ensure you have them for viewing, it’s best to purchase them before leaving home.
Please use designated routes and trails. Going off road disturbs wildlife and habitat and in dry conditions can spark a fire.
7. Tread lightly and leave no trace. Leave your site better than you found it.
8. Bring plenty of water. It can get hot during the summer, and water can be limited. Always carry at least one gallon of water for every person in your group.
9. Pack the sunscreen. Even though this event is about the sun’s rays being blocked out, you’ll probably spend some time waiting in the sun. Protect yourself.
10 Remember to pack it in, pack it out. Remove all trash (including your viewing glasses and any food scraps like apple cores).
11. Be patient and don’t expect all services to be available. Many small towns within the path of the eclipse expect their infrastructure and community services to be stretched to the limit during the event. Be early and patient and expect traffic on rural roads. Don’t expect cell-phone reception as it is already spotty in rural areas and may be overtaxed by the high number of users.
We can't wait to hear all your stories & see photos of the day at your next appointment! Be safe & most of all enjoy this magical day :)