Sounding more like something that belongs inside the plot of a science fiction box office thriller than it does real-life, the small town of Madras, located in Central Oregon, will go completely dark on the morning of August 21st, 2017. Racing across the state of Oregon at an approximate speed of 2,955 miles per hour, what many are calling the Great American Eclipse, will provide thousands upon thousands of onlookers in Oregon, the thrill of a lifetime, as they experience just over 2 minutes of totality beginning at 10:19am. But only if you are in the right place, at the right time…
The sheer uniqueness of the solar eclipse of 2017 makes Madras, Oregon the best place for viewing the event from within the path of totality. Per NASA, the path of totality is a relatively thin ribbon, around 70 miles wide, that will cross the U.S. from West to East.
How unique is the 2017 solar eclipse? Well, the last time the United States experienced a total eclipse, which traveled across a path from one side of the country to the other was way back in the year 1918. If that isn’t rare enough in your mind, think about this… The next time a solar eclipse event like this will happen won’t be until August 12, 2045. Let’s just say this is a rare solar event.
The only place people will be able to experience a total solar eclipse, rather than a partial one, will be within this thin 70 mile wide ribbon, that just so happens to run right through the town of Madras, Oregon. And we are prepared for it.
What’s The Difference Between A Total And Partial Solar Eclipse?
Total Solar Eclipse – A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon completely covers the Sun, as seen from Earth.
Partial Solar Eclipse – A partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon only partially covers the disk of the Sun.
When Was The Last Total Eclipse In The USA?
The eclipse of 2017 will be the first time the United States will experience a total solar eclipse in nearly four decades. The last solar eclipse to darken America’s skies was February 26, 1979 when the central shadow of the moon passed through the northwestern part of the United States and covered the entire states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana within its path of totality.
Unfortunately, the skies that day were covered in thick clouds which hid the eclipse from many whereas the Eugene Register Guard newspaper put it, “Residents had to rely on television pictures taken from planes flying above the thick cloud cover.”
The Federal Aviation Administration even reported from Boeing Field in Seattle that “the airspace is saturated” with aircraft hoping to carry observers above the clouds for a view of the eclipse.
Fortunately for 2017 total eclipse viewers, this time the event will occur in August where predicted clear skies are all but a given, at least if you plan to view it in Madras, Oregon.
Will There Be Clear Skies For The Total Eclipse?
In reviewing Ten Cities located within the total eclipse of 2017’s path of totality, out of all of them, Madras, Oregon has historically recorded the least average amount of precipitation for the month of August.
Here are the Ten Cities located in the path of totality as listed on NASA’s eclipse2017.nasa.gov website:
- Madras, Oregon
- Idaho Falls, Idaho
- Casper, Wyoming
- Lincoln Nebraska
- Jefferson City, Missouri
- Carbondale, Illinois
- Paducah, Kentucky
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Clayton, Georgia
- Columbia, South Carolina
Per the U.S. Climate Data website, average precipitation for Madras, Oregon in inches for the month of August is just .35 with an average high temperature of 85 and a low of 50.
The website earthsky.org, which listed Madras as a top viewing spot for the eclipse, wrote, “While the Oregon coast is at risk of marine clouds, the interior of this state actually enjoys the nation’s best weather prospects.”
Over 60,000 People Will Converge On Madras, Oregon
With an estimated crowd of well over 60,000 people expected to be converging on this small Central Oregon town for the August eclipse, viewing the event amidst so many people will prove to be an experience of a lifetime.
In an interview with US News, amateur astronomer Lowell Lyons described the experience of viewing an eclipse within a crowd like this, “Just to hear the reaction of the crowds and the wild cheers that will go up,” Lyon said. “It’s kind of an adrenaline rush when you’re in a mass of people all sharing that experience.”
Is There Space Left To See The Eclipse?
With an expected surge of over 60,000 people coming to Madras, Oregon for the solar eclipse of 2017, places to stay began booking up as early as 2015.
Fortunately, Organic Earthly Delights and our 103-acre farm, Cottonwood Corners, will be transformed into a four-day sustainable glamping event with all the amenities included. In fact, most of the food you will enjoy will be produced right where you will be camping. We’ve made it an all-inclusive event where your space, food and drinks are all included. But with August 21, approaching fast, these open spots will not last long.
Get your space booked today and experience nature’s “science fiction box office thriller”, in real-life! More Details Here