Your guide to the solar eclipse

Please note: the library is out of free eclipse glasses. 

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The places where the moon will completely cover the sun — creating a total solar eclipse — are on what's called the path of totality. That path includes a swath of Oregon.

The total solar eclipse will touch down between Lincoln City and Newport at 10:15 am, then cross places like Madras, John Day and Baker City before leaving the state at 10:27 am.   

Outside the path of totality, viewers will see a partial solar eclipse. In Portland, for example, 99 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon. 

We've got everything you need to make the most of the eclipse, including the official live stream, path maps, library events and all the best reads. (Below, click "Eclipse 2017" to see everything.)  





Thank you for putting all the information I've been looking for in one place!
Thank you for enlightening my 'path of totality' about the eclipse and its meaning!
Thank you for the solar eclipse info!
FYI - Library will only hand out eclipse glasses to persons present, so you cannot get them for your kids or other family members unless they come in as well. A little frustrating...
I'm not sure that I get it all. so, what will the coastal area see while Portland, Oregon is seeing 99% of the sun covered by the moon? Can you make it clear what you said about touching down really means? Astrology is exciting. Thank you.
Thank you for providing the Solar Eclipse free eye wear. The closest library to me, didn't provide them.
To the patron looking for more info: We recommend checking out NASA's website for the details, especially this page: If you have more questions, just send us an email and we will be happy to help: Thanks for your question! -MCL
To the patron who wasn't able to get the viewing glasses: If you went to a Multnomah County library on or after August 1 and no glasses were available, please contact us by phone, chat or email so we can help:
Hey, Good! 99 percent? I'm staying in Portland!
To the patron who was unable to get glasses for their family members: We have a limited number, so we have to make sure that everyone has a fair chance of getting a pair. After August 13, if libraries still have plenty of glasses, we'll be able to have individuals pick up (up to four) glasses for their families. We're sorry for the inconvenience! -MCL
Have been using this :
Are the glasses you're distributing certified safe? I don't see them listed on the website as a having been verified?
About the safety of the glasses: Yes, they are safe. Thanks for this question. The glasses were distributed by STAR Library Network (STAR_Net), with support from the Moore Foundation, Google, NASA, the Research Corporation, and National Science Foundation (NSF). The glasses were assembled specifically for libraries and are not for sale. See the "FREE eclipse glasses from libraries" section after the lists of brands, chains and vendors at -MCL
I was out in eastern Oregon this weekend. They expect to be overwhelmed in all aspects. Plan on insane traffic, greatly delayed emergency services, and zero cellphone (or data) availability.
Are there still solar glasses available for pick-up at the Albina library?
As of August 15, all libraries except St. Johns and Kenton have run out of eclipse glasses. You can find other reputable sources of glasses here: -MCL
St. Johns and Kenton libraries are now out of eclipse glasses as well. -MCL
Eclipses of sun or moon, the paths they take, is part of the SCIENCE of ASTRONOMY. Astrology, isn't a science and tries to predict what may occur based on the movement of the stars.

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