Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun.  On the path of totality, one can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse.

The path of totality falls not too far south of Vancouver in Oregon and proceeds eastward to the east coast of South Carolina.  The Sun’s tenuous atmosphere, called the corona, can be seen during totality when the moon completely covers the sun’s disk.

Observers in Vancouver are outside of this path but will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers approximately 85% of the sun’s disk. The eclipse can be viewed in Vancouver between 09:10 am and 11:37 am with the maximum eclipse occurring at 10:21 am – has a simulation of the eclipse as seen from Vancouver.

RASC Vancouver will have solar telescopes, solar displays, and eclipse shades for everyone’s enjoyment and safe viewing at a viewing event at Science World on Monday Aug 21st from 09:00 am until 12 noon.

SAFETY WARNING! The only safe way to look directly at the partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers (available from the RASC National’s online store). Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are NOT safe for looking at the Sun.
  • Beware of fake Eclipse Glasses – RASC Vancouver and Science World will have safe Eclipse Viewers available, while supplies last, at our event.  Eclipse Viewers can also be purchased, in advance, at Science World’s Kaleidoscope Science Store for $1.99 + tax.
  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun and do not remove them while looking at the Sun.
  • Do not look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device unless it is properly filtered.
Path of Totality for the August 21st, 2017 Eclipse

NASA created a website to provide a guide to this amazing event where you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and its partners across the USA.

Additional Travel Links

RASC Vancouver does not endorse any of the following; they are provided for information purposes only.

RASC National’s Eclipse Tour, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park

The RASC National office is partnering with MWT Associates Inc to bring you a incredible tour of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park.

Indy Goes Dark Festival, Independence, Oregon

We are along the path of totality, near the center-line, and have a great chance for clear skies that day! Also, being in the Mid-Willamette Valley, we have a low chance of fire danger and are near major travel routes to other attractions in Oregon.  Details about our festival as well as registration to camping, our beer festival, our wine tasting and more can be found on our website!

Oregon Solarfest, Madras, Oregon

With a location in the high desert of Central Oregon, typical weather patterns, and unobstructed views, the city of Madras has been identified by many Solar Eclipse experts as one of the premier viewing locations in the US. Located at the centre of the path of totality, Madras will be engulfed in 2.02 minutes of total darkness.