OMSI Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Monday, August 21st 2017 at 6:00 am
Monday, August 21st 2017 at 12:00 pm
L.B. Day Amphitheater Oregon State Fair & Expo Center: 2330 17th St NE, Salem, OR

 Eclipse Photo

(Photo is courtesy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center) 

OMSI 2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

L.B. Day Amphitheater Oregon State Fair & Expo Center: 2330 17th St NE, Salem, OR

Come one, come all to a total eclipse of the sun! On August 21, the Oregon State Fairgrounds will be flooded with people coming to see the event. In fact, Oregon is expected to receive over one million visitors in August! OMSI has sold all of their tickets for this awesome experience, but through CFI, you still have the chance to experience nearly two minutes of complete the middle of the day. 


(All tickets are $8. When you make your purchase, you will receive your ticket the following Wednesday) 


The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will include science lectures, astronomy-related community groups, entertainment, and more. 

  • 6:00 am | Doors Open 
  • 6:30 am | OMSI Science Demo 
  • 7:00 am | 'What is a Solar Eclipse?' with Jim Todd, Director of Space Science Education at OMSI 
  • 7:30 am | 'Science Circus: The Physics of Fun' with Rhys Thomas 
  • 8:00 am | 'Solar Science' with Jim Brau, and Philip H. Knight Professor in the Center for High Energy Physics at the University of Oregon 
  • 8:30 am | OMSI Science Demo 
  • 9:05 am | First Contact (Partial Eclipse) Eclipse begins. Portland Taiko will introduce key eclipse moments with drum performances. 
  • 9:30 am | 'Experiencing a Solar Eclipse on the International Space Station' with Don Pettit, PhD, NASA astronaut 
  • 10:17 am | Total Eclipse Begins: Duration:1min, 53sec 
  • 10:18 am | Maximum Totality 
  • 10:19 am | Total Eclipse Ends 
  • 11:37 am | Last Contact (Partial Eclipse) Eclipse ends 
  • 12:00 pm | Event ends


Questions? Confused? Problems? Email the organizer, Daniel Bixel, here: