According to scientists at NASA, the total solar eclipse 2017 will begin in Oregon around 9:05 am PDT, and “totality,” when the moon completely covers the sun, will start at 10:16 am. The total solar eclipse will then chart its course across the United States for approximately 93 minutes. Oregon Solar Fest in Madras is an official NASA viewing site in Oregon, although there will be excellent sight lines throughout the Willamette Valley and Central and Eastern Oregon.
Bend is one of the first large towns that will be in the eclipse’s path, and the brand-new SpringHill Suites there is hosting an Art of Local event for both guests and the community on August 19, where local photographers will provide tips and tricks for how guests can best capture the rare event.
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Next up for the total eclipse viewing is Idaho, where Idaho Falls will be the largest area to experience totality. The Museum of Idaho here is the official NASA viewing site. Both the Teton Mountains and Sun Valley will be in the viewing path, making towns such as Victor, Ketchum, and Driggs three of the top 10 busiest for room rentals, along with Idaho Falls, according to Airbnb.
When you’re planning your viewing, note that the American Optometric Association (AOA) says that “If you’re within the 70-mile wide path of the total eclipse, you can safely witness the two or more minutes of totality with the naked eye.” But, “don’t look directly at the Sun without eye protection, even briefly, except during totality.”