On Oct. 14, an annular solar eclipse will cross North, Central and South America - and Corvallis is directly in the path of “totality.” Similar to the 2017 total solar eclipse, we are perfectly positioned to see this amazing natural phenomenon.
What is an annular solar eclipse?
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, partially blocking our view of the sun. The difference between a total eclipse and an annular eclipse is that the moon will not completely block the sun but will appear slightly smaller. At the peak of the eclipse, or during “annularity,” a “ring of fire” will be visible all the way around the moon.
When will it occur?
The annular eclipse will begin at 8:06 a.m. PT, with maximum annularity from 9:18 – 9:20 a.m. and the eclipse ending at 10:39 a.m.
Where is the best place to view the eclipse?
With an early morning eclipse (sunrise will be at 7:27 a.m. PT), the sun will be low in the sky, close to the horizon. The best views will be from a spot where you can see the horizon or the tops of the cascade mountains (when the sky is clear) without trees or buildings blocking the view. Even if it is cloudy, you should still be able to see the “ring of fire”. The OSU Alumni Association will be hosting a viewing event at Trysting Golf Club. Registration is required!
Eye safety during an annular eclipse.
During an annular solar eclipse, it is never safe to look directly at the sun. Viewers should wear specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing. Learn how to make your own pin-hole filter at one of the solar eclipse workshops. Learn more about safety while watching the eclipse from NASA.
Join us for one of these great solar eclipse events:
Multiple dates | Solar Filter Workshops
Oct. 9 - 20 | Moon-Sun-Cosmos at Praxis, Gallery, Fairbanks Hall
The art exhibition Moon-Sun-Cosmos brings together artists who respond to our Cosmos either observationally, spiritually, culturally, personally, or scientifically.
- October 11 | Science Pubs in October
Lebanon Registration: In person or online
Oct. 14 | Solar Eclipse Viewing Event
Oct. 16 - 19 | Your Annual Eclipse Exhibition at Praxis Gallery, Fairbanks Hall
Did you make an image during the annular eclipse? If so, bring your artwork to Fairbanks Hall on Monday October 16th. Your artwork will be placed on display and we will have a celebratory sharing of images and annular eclipse stories of Thursday 19 October from 5pm – 7pm.
Interesting in learning more about a solar eclipse?
- Review these resources from NASA.
- OSU 2017 research on plankton and solar eclipse.
- 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse To Be Visable For First Time In 11 Years | Corvallis Gazette-Times
- Annual Eclipse Visible in Oregon in October | Visit Corvallis
- Plan ahead tips for the annual solar eclipse on October 14, 2023 | Here
- Start the countdown: 6 months until ‘last major’ eclipse passes over Oregon | KOIN
Photo credit: Phillip Jones/Stocktrek Images via Getty Images
Solar Eclipse Viewing at Oregon State University, August 2017
Solar Eclipse Time Lapse at Oregon State University, August 2017
See how the light changes over time during this time-lapse video of
campus during the solar eclipse in 2027. You will notice at about 28
seconds; the light starts to darken and then returns to daylight at
about 33 seconds.