Lincoln City will be a special place to view the 2017 total solar eclipse. Not only is the path of totality’s center just to the south, the Central Oregon Coast will experience the eclipse before anyone else in the United States. See it here first!
Whether you come early or stay late, the eclipse event itself will last just over two hours from start to finish. The partial phase will begin at 9:04 AM with totality occurring at 10:16AM, with totality lasting about two minutes. It will then about an hour and fifteen minutes for the sun to become fully visible again.
According to our dear friends at NASA, looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s light. The only safe way to view the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or handheld viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses are not safe to use. Manufacturers of viewing devices have certified that their products meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard.
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. Remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s light when day becomes night. Experience totality, then replace your solar viewer as soon as the sun begins to reappear to glance at the remaining partial phases. If you are unsure about safety, we recommend using your solar viewing devices throughout the entirety of the event.
Never use magnifying devices such as binoculars or telescopes to view the eclipse or the Sun even when wearing approved protective eyewear. Specialty filters can be purchased for magnifying devices, but be sure to consult an expert before using.
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Do not view the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device, even when wearing your solar glasses or using another device. Solar rays will damage the filter and can cause serious injury. Seek expert advice before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other device.