2017 Solar Eclipse Oregon: Time and Best Places to View

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On August 21st, 2017 all of North America and parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will experience an eclipse of the sun. In order to see the total eclipse, where the moon fully covers up the sun for a few minutes, you must be in the narrow path of totality. The good news is that Oregon is in the path of totality and is considered one of the best places to view the total eclipse.


Lincoln Beach, just south of Lincoln City, and Madras, in Central Oregon, are two locations that have been highlighted as prime spots for this rare event. Central Oregon, known for having a lot of clear, warm summer days, might edge out the coast and other locations in the US for top spot as the chances of the sun not being obscured by clouds on that day is really high. Plus, the Cascade Range provides an incredible backdrop of scenery while you view the solar eclipse.

Another positive of viewing the eclipse in Central Oregon is that you’ll be in close proximity to a lot of other fun activities. Head to Smith Rock for great hiking and rock climbing, float the Deschutes River in Bend with your family, or head to the mountains or lakes and experience the beautiful outdoors with camping, paddle boarding, and night skies that will provide unforgettable views of the stars. If you’re traveling to Central Oregon to experience the eclipse, there is no reason to stay a few extra days and see why many people decide to move there.

If you decide you’d prefer to be on the Oregon Coast during the eclipse, you’ll also have so much to experience while visiting. Travel along Highway 101 to visit multiple state parks, incredible beaches, and countless beautiful coastal communities that will make you want to come back time and time again. Experiencing the solar eclipse of 2017 doesn’t just have to be a quick trip, as it can be the perfect opportunity to take some time to enjoy the many things to do around this beautiful state.

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According to NASA, the eclipse begins in Madras around 9:06 a.m. PDT and ends at 11:41 a.m. Totality will begin around 10:19 a.m. and end around 10:21 a.m., a full 2 minutes of a total solar eclipse! Lincoln Beach will also have similar times. The closer you are to the path of totality in Oregon, the better your chances are in experiencing the full time the moon will be fully covering the sun.


It’s highly recommended you obtain the proper equipment to view the 2017 solar eclipse. Looking directly at the sun can cause serious injury to your eyes, which is why it’s important to plan ahead for this event. This also applies to viewing the the sun through a camera or telescope, which also require a special type of solar filter in order to view the sun safely.

From different types of solar filters to specific viewing techniques, NASA has a full guide on how to safely experience the solar eclipse. Check it out here.

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If you’re interested in also looking at available homes and property for sale in Oregon during your 2017 solar eclipse visit, contact us today and we’ll show you some of the best places to live in Oregon.

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