2017 Solar Eclipse
The 2017 Solar Eclipse Across America will be visible on August 21, 2017 across the continental United States. The center-line of the solar eclipse will pass just north of Fossil Butte National Monument, where we will be at 95% of totality.
Eclipse Weekend Activities
Join us on August 19, 20, and 21 for free eclipse events! All activities are located at the Fossil Butte National Moument Visitor Center.
Saturday, August 19
What is an eclipse?A solar eclipse is a celestial event when the moon passes between the sun and Earth blocking all or part of the sun. At a given location, the event can last up to an hour and a half. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last total eclipse for the contiguous U.S. was in 1979, the next one will be in 2024.
To find out when the eclipse will be visible for your location check out NASA's Eclipse Website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/
Protect Your Eyes: Important Safety InformationSpecial viewing glasses are required in order to safely view the solar eclipse. A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses are available at the Visitor Center, but it is possible they may sell out before the event. It is best to purchase these items ahead of time and bring them with you to ensure you have them available to use. Never look at the sun without eclipse rated eyewear.
Eclipse viewing glasses and handheld solar viewers should meet all the following criteria:
More Eclipse InformationWant to learn more? Check out these links!
NASA's Eclipse Page has fantastic and comprehensive site for everything you want to know about the 2017 eclipse.
NASA YouTube Video on the Total Eclipse helps you visualization of the path of the totality.
National Park Service's Eclipse Page give information about types of eclipses, sun safety, and NPS eclipse events.
American Astronomical Society Eclipse 2017 page has additional resources on why eclipses occur, information on eye safety, how to shoot pictures or videos of the eclipse, eclipse events, and much more.
Eclipse Megamovie simulates what the eclipse will look like in the skies above Dayville, Oregon. This website also provides more information about the Eclipse Megamovie. No matter where you decide to experience totality, you could be one of many citizen scientists gathering scientifically valuable data from the total solar eclipse.
Eclipse Weather Predictor is an interactive National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website that predicts sky conditions for the eclipse.
Last updated: August 1, 2017