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October Brings Two Eclipses To Oregon Skies

Keep your eyes to the sky next month because you’ll have the chance to see not just one, but two eclipses during October.

Before sunrise on Oct. 8, the full moon will fall into the Earth’s shadow, turning it a deep orange. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry reports that the lunar eclipse will begin at 1:15 a.m. The greatest eclipse will be visible at 3:55 a.m., and will end around 4:25 a.m.

On Oct. 23, the sun, moon and Earth will line up again for a solar eclipse. From Oregon, we’ll only have view of a partial eclipse starting at 1:37 p.m. If you can only get a few minutes away from your desk, make sure to be outside at 3:02 p.m. when the moon will cover approximately 61 percent of the sun.

As long as the skies stay clear, OMSI will hold viewing party events for both eclipses. If you go it alone, remember that you can look as long as you’d like at lunar eclipses, but make sure to have eye protection when viewing the partial solar eclipse.

If you’re holding out for the total eclipse, you have a while to wait. As OPB previously reported, the next total solar eclipse visible from Oregon will be Aug. 21, 2017.

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