3 Oregon spots make list for unique eclipse viewing

The eclipse will be visible on the West Coast first on August 21

This March 9, 2016 file photo shows a total solar eclipse in Belitung, Indonesia. (AP Photo, File)
This March 9, 2016 file photo shows a total solar eclipse in Belitung, Indonesia. (AP Photo, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — People all over the country are already planning ways to watch the total solar eclipse that will cast the shadow of the moon across America in August 2017.

The path of totality for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 (Courtesy: NationalEclipse.com)
The path of totality for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 (Courtesy: NationalEclipse.com)

NationalEclipse.com, a website dedicated to the 2017 total eclipse, has created a list of unique viewing locations along the coast-to-coast route of the event. The eclipse will first be visible in the Pacific Northwest, and while campsites and hotels have already been booked for August 21, the website has suggested some interesting spots to watch.

Fishing Rock in Lincoln Beach, Oregon, made the list because anyone watching from there could be the first person in the U.S. to see the totality. From the small spit of land on the Pacific Ocean, the eclipse will be visible starting at 9:04 a.m. and the totality at 10:15 a.m. for about 2 minutes.

Keizer’s minor league baseball team, the Volcanoes will hold an EclipseFest beginning August 18. They will hold a special “eclipse delay” before their Saturday morning game. Fans will be able to see the eclipse starting at 9:05 a.m. August 21, with totality at 10:17 p.m. for less than 2 minutes.

Baker City, the last Oregon stop on the list, is truly unique because the U.S. Naval Observatory team stationed itself there to watch the last total solar eclipse that crossed the U.S., in 1918. In Baker City the eclipse will happen at 9:09 a.m. with totality at 10:24 a.m. for 94 seconds.

NationalEclipse.com said their list is a departure from popular “best spots” list that pop up when an event like this happens.