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Where to watch the solar eclipse in Eugene

One of the most anticipated events of the summer is just around the corner. On Monday, Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse to cross the United States since 1979 will be visible to Eugene residents. The eclipse’s totality will be most visible north of Eugene in cities like Albany, Corvallis and Salem.

However, if braving the eclipse traffic isn’t an option, Eugene and Springfield both have some great places to watch.

The Erb Memorial Union is having a gathering on the EMU lawn from 9 to 11:30 a.m. It will provide music, cake, punch, coffee and yard games to everyone there. Eclipse glasses will also be provided, but get there early before they run out. The EMU also recommends bringing your own lawn chairs or blankets.

The Lane County Medical Society, the Eugene Family YMCA and Oregon Eye Consultants will also be co-hosting their own event at the YMCA field on 2055 Patterson St. The event will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The groups will provide free eclipse glasses and welcome residents of all ages to come learn about the science behind the eclipse.

The Science Factory will be delaying its opening hour to 11 a.m. to let people come watch the eclipse. Although the museum is not providing eclipse glasses, it invites people to view partial phases of the eclipse through on-site telescopes which use solar filters.

Eugene is also known for its buttes and many hiking spots. Skinner’s Butte, Spencer’s Butte, Gillespie Butte and Mount Pisgah are the perfect places to go for a hike Monday morning.

Although Eugene is just south of the total eclipse zone, Lane County’s view will be extremely close to totality. Local stores such as Fred Meyers are currently selling eclipse glasses, which are a necessary eclipse accessory. It is important to use the glasses when looking at the sky, so the sun won’t damage your eyes.

Eugene and Springfield expect a large number of visitors, so make your eclipse plans and try to find a spot early. Gather friends, buy some glasses and find the perfect view in Eugene. Don’t miss out on the stellar sight because another eclipse won’t cross North America until 2024.

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Julia Taylor

Julia Taylor