Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

Date: Oct. 23, 2014 Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Located at: OMSI's South Parking Lot
Who is this for: Everyone Cost: Free

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

A partial solar eclipse occurs in the polar regions of the Earth when the center of the Moon's shadow misses the Earth. OMSI and Rose City Astronomers Club will host a partial solar eclipse viewing party at the east parking lot of OMSI on Thursday, October 23. The free event will begin at 1:30 pm and end at 4:30 pm. Filtered solar telescopes will be available for safe viewing of the Sun.

The center of the Moon's shadow will miss the earth, passing above the North Pole, but a partial eclipse will be visible at sunrise in far eastern Russia and before sunset across most of North America.

For Portland, the eclipse gets underway at 1:37 pm when the Moon makes first contact with the Sun. The maximum eclipse accords at 3:04 pm when the Moon covers 56 percent of the Sun's diameter at 26 degrees above the western horizon. The partial eclipse will end at 4:23 pm as the Moon exits.

Do not view any of this eclipse without eye protection. Even during the partial eclipse, the Sun shines brightly enough to damage your eyes if the eclipse is observed without a protective filter. Use only an approved solar filter which blocks dangerous ultraviolet and infrared radiation as well as visible light. The special solar filter viewing glasses are available at the OMSI Science Store (503-797-4626).

The last partial solar eclipse in Oregon was on May 20, 2012. After the October 23 eclipse, observers will have the good fortune to enjoy an even more spectacular eclipse; a total eclipse visible from most of Oregon, on August 21, 2017.

Learn about the eclipse with our experts and be a part of this live viewing event at OMSI!