Science Pub Portland: Volcanoes in our Backyard
Amazing Stories from Volcanic Eruptions around the World: Lessons Learned for Living with Volcanoes in our Own Backyard
With a panel of four International Volcano Scientists
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
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Join us for a night of amazing volcano stories from a panel of international volcano scientists who will share their experiences with catastrophic eruptions. Learn how they monitor active volcanoes, assess hazards, and how the hard-earned lessons from major eruptions are applied at local Cascade Range volcanoes like Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier. There are around 1,500 active volcanoes on Earth and 50 of them erupt each year. In the Cascade Range, an eruption occurs on average two or three times every century. This program is sponsored by OMSI, Mount St. Helens Institute, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and the U.S. Geological Survey-Cascades Volcano Observatory.
Dinner will be available in our restaurant, Theory, or from the Empirical Café. Guests can check-in at the theater entrance to reserve a seat before grabbing dinner and drinks. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm
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2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
On August 21, 2017, Oregon will be the first to see the total eclipse of the Sun. Join OMSI at the Oregon State Fairgrounds where we will celebrate the unique experience of complete darkness for close to two minutes. The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will include science lectures, astronomy-related community groups, entertainment, and more.
Get there early! Doors open at 6AM. The main event will begin around 9AM and the Total Eclipse will be at 10:18AM. A full schedule of activities is coming soon.
Parking and camping will be available through the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Parking is $5 cash only at the door and camping reservations will be open beginning in January. Call 971.701.6567 to be added to the list for call back when more information is available.
Tickets are on sale now. If you experience any issues with purchasing tickets call 503.797.4661. If you are from outside the U.S., you will need to call to purchase tickets.
General Admission $8 Adults (14-62), $6 Youth (3-13), $6 Seniors (63+). OMSI members receive 15% off. Tickets include a seat in the LB Day Amphitheater, a solar eclipse viewer and a ticket to the 2017 Oregon State Fair.
The event is rain or shine; all tickets are non-refundable.
No pets are allowed at the event. Service animals are welcome.
Please note: You MUST use a solar eclipse viewer to watch this extraordinary event.
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About the Eclipse
A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves right in front of the sun, covering it completely for a very short time. It darkens the whole sky, lets you look right at the sun*, and shows you the beautiful corona that surrounds the sun. Stars come out, the horizon glows with a 360-degree sunset, the temperature drops, and day turns into night. Oregon is on the center line and several cities around the state will experience maximum totality.
On the beach in Oregon, just north of Newport, the shadow will first touch land at about 10:15am, and will experience a full minute and fifty seconds of totality. The actual centerline of the eclipse path will hit solid ground six seconds later, and plunge Lincoln Beach and Depoe Bay into darkness for one minute and 58 seconds!
It will take only two minutes for the shadow to race eastward toward its first date with a large population of folks who will be breathlessly awaiting its arrival. Salem, Dallas, Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Philomath, McMinnville, and Woodburn, will experience various lengths of totality based on their varying distances from the centerline. At the Oregon State Fairgrounds, we will be treated to one minute and 54.5 seconds of shadow at just after 10:17am.
The eclipse will travel through the forests of central Oregon, hitting the mountains at Madras and Warm Springs at about 10:19am. Mitchell and Prairie City will be next, and the shadow will leave Oregon just north of Ontario. The majority of the Pacific Northwest, including Portland and Eugene, are NOT in the path of totality, will witness a partial eclipse ranging from 88% to 99%.
The eclipse will continue across the United States where Illinois will experience the longest eclipse duration at two minutes and 41 seconds. The final shadow will be over the Atlantic Ocean near the west coast of Africa. See a map of the full eclipse path.
*Note: Only look at the sun when it is 100% covered. You must use special solar viewing glasses whenever the sun isn’t completely eclipsed or it may cause irreparable eye damage. Viewing Party tickets include solar viewing glasses.
Star Party: Autumnal Equinox Celebration
$5 Parking Per Vehicle Parking Fee
On Saturday, September 9, OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of autumn with a free Star Party! Join us as we gaze at the heavens from Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at sunset. The party is free with $5 parking per vehicle parking fee. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other objects through a variety of telescopes. Viewing highlights include Venus, Mars, Saturn and more!
Join us as we gaze at the pre-autumn night sky at Rooster Rock State Park, located 22 miles east of Portland on I-84 just east of Sandy River at exit 25. To reach L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park, take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The event starts at sunset and is free with $5 parking per vehicle. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.
On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Parties, it is suggested that interested visitors check back here for possible weather-related cancellations.
Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.
Rooster Rock State Park | Take I-84 east of the Sandy River at exit 25. The park is located 22 miles east of Portland.
L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park | Take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The park is located 34 miles west of Portland.