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The Great 2017 Total Solar Eclipse - Public Lecture

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Eugene Downtown Library 100 W 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401

Public Lecture by Jim Brau, Philip H. Knight Professor of Natural Science

Oregon will experience a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.  This is an unusual opportunity; Oregon has experienced a total solar eclipse only twice in the last century, and only over small portions of the state each time. The last one in Oregon, in 1979, ran along  the northern state border.  This year, in just ninety-one minutes, the sixty-five mile wide umbra of the Moon's shadow on Earth will bisect Oregon and pass through twelve other states on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Totality, when the moon blocks the entire sun, begins on the Oregon coast at about 10:15 am on the morning of Monday, August 21, and finishes in South Carolina. Within the path of totality the sun's light will be totally blocked for about two minutes and the sun's faint surrounding aura of plasma, the corona, will appear around the moon's image on the sun. Professor Brau will discuss the science behind the 2017 solar eclipse in a talk suitable for all ages of the public. Admission free.


Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Lecture


College of Arts & Sciences, Physics, Center for High Energy Physics

Target Audience

General Public





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