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Best places to view the solar eclipse in the Ferndale area

Many have been anxiously awaiting the return of this very infrequent celestial event since it last occurred in the Pacific Northwest in 1979 and was first reported a year ago.

The phases of a partial (~90%) solar eclipse is expected to be viewable from the Ferndale area between 9am and 11:30am Monday, August 21st.

So where will people be gathering to view it? Generally speaking, any location with an unobstructed view of the eastern sky (the sun will be relatively high up in the sky during the eclipse) will be a good vantage point assuming the clouds cooperate.

The field between the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center and the Boys & Girls Ferndale Clubhouse will be a gathering point for many. City of Ferndale, Ferndale Public Library and Ferndale School District are hosting a community viewing event. Former NASA employees and Ferndale neighbors Wendy Lawrence (astronaut) and Cathy Watson (scientist) will be on hand to answer questions. Solar viewing glasses and pinhole cameras will be made available to the public for safe viewing. And a solar system display will be set up to demonstrate how an eclipse occurs.

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A NASA smartphone app, the GLOBE Observer app, is available to download that will enable eclipse-watchers to report their observations. The app allows observers to report how animals, plants and environmental conditions react while the Earth goes dark during the solar eclipse.

The current weather forecast for Monday is promising with a mix of sunshine and clouds expected with little chance of rain and a high of 75°.

The next total eclipses viewable in North America will occur April 8th, 2024, August 23rd, 2044 and August 12th, 2045. There will also be annular (yellow) eclipses on October 14, 2023 and June 11, 2048.

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