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September Monthly Meeting: Prepare for the Solar Eclipse!

  • September 27, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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About the September meeting...

Where will you be for the 2023 solar eclipse? On the water? Join us for the September member meeting where Jim Todd, Director of Space Science Education at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI), RCA President, will help you prepare for the 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse and 2024 Solar Eclipse! This annular eclipse is the second of three notable solar eclipses viewable from the US. It follows the US total eclipse of August 2017 and comes six months before the North American total eclipse of April 2024.

On October 14, 2023, annularity, where the Sun forms a ‘ring of fire’ around the Moon, is visible along a narrow path that crosses from Oregon to Texas. It then passes over Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, plus parts of Central America, Colombia, and Brazil. Portland will observe a strong partial eclipse of 86% at 9:19 AM.
Then on April 8, 2024, will be the Great North American Total Solar Eclipse. This is the third time in seven years that a total or annular eclipse crosses the United States mainland, following the total eclipse of August 2017 and the annular eclipse of October 2023. The narrow path of totality where the Moon covers the Sun completely, causing a total eclipse runs through central Mexico, the eastern United States, and eastern Canada. A partial eclipse will be visible across nearly all of North America.  Portland will observe a partial eclipse of 22% at 11:25 AM.
Solar viewing glasses will be required for both viewings!  Where will YOU be in 2023 and 2024?

Jim Todd is the Director of Space Science Education at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI), and the President of Rose City Astronomers.


We're back to meeting in person and also online! You asked for options so we're going do our best to keep making that happen.  When you click to register you'll see you can select from in-person or virtual meeting participation.   Both formats are subject to tech issues so please be patient with your all volunteer team making these and all OOPS activities possible.   Please register for the format you'll be using so we can have a sense of how many folks to expect in either location. 

Joining from home?  We'll open the zoom room at 6:30 for casual conversation and themed breakout rooms for smaller discussions.  We'll start with the main presentation at 7:00 and wrap up around 8:00 ish.  If you want to join this way you MUST register at least 24 hours in advance or risk not receiving the link to join the meeting.  

Joining from the Multnomah Village Lucky Lab? We'll be ready for you to join us upstairs at 6:00 for social time.  This is also your time to grab a slice and a beverage (bring your $$,  this is a no-host situation). We'll start with the main presentation at 7:00 and wrap up around 8:00 ish.

Comments, questions, ideas, offers of help? Send them my way!

Accessibility information: Please email me to let me know if you have any accessibility needs and we'll do our best to meet them.  Note, the Multnomah Village Lucky Lab has stairs and no elevator to reach the meeting space (we're working on finding an affordable, accessible space).  There is somewhat limited street parking. Please plan for time to find a place to park.  Tri-Met's line 44 drops off right at the Lucky Lab! We will enable automatic captions on our zoom event, and use microphones in the meeting space.  

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