Eclipse of January 1, 1889 by Washington University


For everything you need to know about viewing the eclipse in Oregon: Travel Oregon’s Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse:

Curious to know if you will be in the path of totality, check out this interactive resource to determine the degree of the eclipse by location

And what about the weather for the big day? NOAA has the answer:

For traffic updates check out Oregon Department of Transportations‘s TripCheck and for general driving tips click here:

In search of solar glasses, the Oregonian has provided a list of local options: It is highly recommend that you call beforehand to see if the place still has supplies. See below for information on creating a viewer.

Tips and resources on how to safely view the solar eclipse:

NASA, of course, is a great resource for eclipse related information. Check out their complete guide to all things Solar Eclipse 2017 here:

And don’t forgot to check out NASA’s eclipse maps.

If you want to geek out and explore on your own pace, I recommend Gale Databases’ specially curated page: The Total Solar Eclipse 2017

For Cedar Mill Library patrons, check out the astronomy books available 24/7 with your library card and pin: Credo Reference’s Astronomy Books

Feeling crafty and want to make a viewer for the big event, check out NASA’s how tos: : and LiveScience’s guide on How to Make a Solar Eclipse Viewer And here are some quick and easy pinhole and projection optical viewers that you can make at home: Print one shaped like the state of Oregon and take a selfie with the eclipse: Here is a step by step guide for making an eclipse viewer out of a cereal box

Why fight traffic and worry about the weather when you can view it from the comfort of your couch? Check out the live stream of the big event here


For those that love to dive into the past, there are several recent books that delve into the history and science of eclipses.

Mask of the Sun: The Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses by John Dvorak

Dvorak weaves together history and science to uncover myths, moments in time and literature that are linked together by the presence of an eclipse. His work is well researched and prose is delightfully accessible. Check out the authors website for eclipse trivia and more:

Sun Moon Earth by Tyler Nordgren

Sun, Moon, Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler Nordgren

Tyler Nordgren, an astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory, offers a similar tour of the history of eclipses, but with a more scientific bent supported by illustrations and detailed explanations. A charming read that perfectly captures Nordgren’s enthusiasm and knowledge of eclipses and the stars. Plus he provides insight on the 2017 Eclipse viewing.

Eclipse by Frank Close

Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon by Frank Close

Close, a professor of physics at Oxford, combines personal travel diary and history with scientific details. He focuses on a few key moments in eclipse history and introduces the readers to the fascinating world of eclipse chasers. He also provides tips on viewing the 2017 and 2024 eclipses. Close presents a lively conversational read that is entertaining and informative.

Totality: The Great American Eclipses by Mark Littmann

Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024 by Mark Littmann

This book is designed to be a comprehensive guide for the 2017 and 2024 total eclipses in the U.S. It provides details on  how, when and where to view the eclipse alongside tips on how to capture photographs and videos of the big moment.

Happy and safe solar eclipse viewing!

p.s. If you need a soundtrack for the eclipse viewing, All Classical Portland will be broadcasting a special Eclipse Soundtrack, including specially commissioned and recorded pieces for the program. And if classical music isn’t your thing, you can tune into KINK FM at 9:36am  to listen to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.