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Approximate path of the 2017 total solar eclipse.

90% solar eclipse to be visible from the Ferndale area

There have been many stories about Oregon officials preparing to be inundated by droves of solar eclipse watchers. But you do not need to be in Oregon to witness this major celestial event on the mid- to late-morning of Monday, August 21st, as long as a partial solar eclipse suffices.

Being approximately 270 miles from the center of the west-to-east path of the total solar eclipse, the Ferndale area will still be treated to a nearly total solar eclipse. Experts say just short of 90% of the sun will be eclipsed when viewed from the Ferndale area.

What 90% of the sun eclipsed looks like.

The solar eclipse is expected to begin about 9:10am with the maximum solar eclipse occurring around 10:20am and the solar eclipse ending by 11:40am.

Ideal viewing locations will have an unobstructed view of the sun in the eastern sky between 9am and 11:30am. Watching a solar eclipse, like any other time when you are looking at the sun, is unsafe unless using proper eyewear. Click here for a reputable list of providers of “solar filters” and “eclipse glasses” as provided by American Astronomical Society (AAS).

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In the map below, the thick grey band is the approximate area where, in the northwestern states, a total solar eclipse is viewable and the red line indicates where a 90% partial solar eclipse is viewable.

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