2017 Solar Eclipse

The City of Dallas is excited for the upcoming eclipse in 2017 and have built this page to help better
inform our citizens of the upcoming eclipse.

August 21, 2017

Eclipse Day!

No human action can disrupt the incessant dance of the cosmos, and the moon's shadow will not wait on you if you're not ready. Like a mindless juggernaut, it plows its way through space toward a collision course with earth. As predicted by the astronomers decades in advance, the shadow arrives with perfect accuracy, and touches down in the north Pacific Ocean at 16:48:33 , at local sunrise. (At that spot, the sun will actually rise while eclipsed. This is a sight few people - even veteran eclipse chasers - have seen, and from what we hear, it is quite uncanny.) 

A minute later, the entire shadow (the "umbral cone") will have made landfall - er, ocean-fall - and will be racing across the surface of the water at supersonic speed. Except for folks on ships at sea, and the occasional ocean-dwelling critter who dares to venture too near the surface, nothing sentient will note the passing of the umbra - until land gets in the way.


And that land will be United States soil. On the beach in Oregon, at a rocky spot of ground just north of Newport that sticks its nose out into the Pacific, the shadow first touches land at at about 10:15 in the morning. This lucky piece of earth experiences a full minute and fifty seconds of totality.

The actual centerline of the eclipse path hits solid ground a full six seconds later, and plunges Lincoln Beach and Depoe Bay into darkness for 1 minute and 58 seconds!

It takes only about two minutes for the shadow to race eastward toward its first date with a large population of folks who will be breathlessly awaiting its arrival. DallasAlbanyCorvallisLebanonPhilomathMcMinnvilleWoodburn, and yes, Salem itself, experience various durations of totality (based on their varying distances from the centerline); on the steps of the State Capitol in Salem (the first of five state capitals the shadow will visit), lucky viewers will be treated to 1 minute and 54 seconds. 5 seconds of shadow at just after 10:17 am. 

The eclipse then leaves our most western friends, and travels through the forests of central Oregon, hitting the mountains at Madras and Warm Springs at about 10:19 am. Mitchell and Prairie City are next, and the shadow leaves Oregon just north of Ontario. Actually, Ontario gets 1 minute 23 seconds of totality at 11:25 am (mountain time), but folks there would be better served to head north to the rest area north of Huntington on I-84, or into Idaho on US95 between Midvale and Weiser, for better than 30 seconds more totality! Soak them up; those seconds in the shadow are precious!!!)