Oregon becomes a hotspot due to the solar eclipse

Published on : Monday, August 21, 2017

indexLarge number of tourists has been found recently inserting pins to earmark their hometown on a big map hanging from a barn wall. The pins indicate the globe, exactly from Botswana to Barrie, Ont., which is where Marc Francis sticks his red pin.


“I’ve been studying astronomy for a number of years and this is sort of the ultimate thing get to see,” says Francis. “So that’s why we came all the way over here.”


The town located almost 200 kms away from Portland and this weekend it’s anticipated to welcome approximately 100,000 visitors pushing around to enter the town and get a quick look of the much waited first total solar eclipse to engulf the entire country in 99 years.


“It’s really exciting cause it’s like going to happen in the middle of the day and it turns nighttime,” says Neva Lieby, 7. “That’s kinda cool.”


Side by side, Madras, a city in Jefferson County in Oregon is located just at the back of the two mountain ranges.  Here, weather remains majorly sunny and as per the experts predict, August will provide the best guarantee of clear skies to witness the so-called “Great American Eclipse.”


That is the reason why Chris Gainor, Canadian astronomer drove all the way to Madras from Victoria, BC. More than 90 percent of the sun will be obstructed by the moon. However, 100 percent, Gainor says, is just different.


“For those two minutes of totality, this thing is just really a sight to see. The place goes dark, the birds react to it. It is really strange,” he says. “It sort of does give you a little sense of our place in the universe.”


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