On Monday, August 21st, Lincoln City will be one of the first communities in the United States to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event…a total solar eclipse. Lodging is still available for eclipse weekend in Lincoln City. Come early, stay late and prepare to be inspired.
At approximately 10:16am, the sky in Lincoln City will be shadowed in darkness as the moon and sun appear to converge in a truly awe inspiring fashion. For exactly 1 minute and 58 seconds, observers wearing appropriate eye protection can watch as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, casting a shadow over the Oregon coast.
The path of totality – a small swath of real estate within which the sun will appear to be completely covered by the moon – will make landfall near Depoe Bay, just a few miles south of Lincoln City. The path will continue through the state of Oregon and the continental United States, completing the trip in Charleston, South Carolina in only 1 hour and 33 minutes.
Eclipse chasers visiting Lincoln City to view this phenomenon are encouraged to go to LincolnCityEclipse.com. There, you will find pertinent information on lodging, FAQs and other resources to help make your stay in Lincoln City enjoyable.
Share your eclipse experience on social media. Tag your Lincoln City eclipse photos and videos using #LCEclipse on Facebook.com/LincolnCityOregon, Twitter @LincolnCityOR or Instagram @lincolncityor.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the new moon passes in front of the sun and completely covers it, casting a shadow over the Earth. This is due to the special circumstance of the moon and sun being in the same angular position, or on the same orbital plane relative to the Earth. The sun and moon orbit at different angles, and when they converge, it creates an eclipse.
There are four types of eclipses: partial, in which the moon only partially covers the sun; an annular, in which the moon appears smaller than the sun once in alignment; a total, in which the moon completely covers the sun; and hybrid, where a total eclipse shifts to an annular eclipse.
Earliest recordings of solar eclipses date back to 1375 BC, when the Babylonians successfully recorded it using the Saros Cycle, which is a calculation used to predict the periodicity of solar eclipses. The last total solar eclipse to pass over North America was on July 7, 1972, when the path of totality went from Alaska to Nova Scotia. The next predicted total solar eclipse to pass over the United States is set to occur on April 8th, 2024, when it crosses from Texas to Maine.
For more information on the total solar eclipse in Lincoln City please visit LincolnCityEclipse.com or call 541-996-1274.
Information and photos provided by LCVCB