On Aug. 21, not long after the clock strikes 10 a.m. on the central Oregon Coast, the moon will blot out the sun, briefly turning day into night and warmth into coolness, touching off the biggest celestial spectacle the nation has seen in nearly a century.
By some estimates, a million visitors will be in the state to gaze up at the total solar eclipse and watch in wonderment as the moon’s shadow makes landfall before sweeping across Oregon in 12 minutes at more than 3,000 miles an hour.
The main event will be brief, but it’s likely to live long in the memories of its viewers.
“It’s the most important two minutes people will witness in August probably during their whole lives,” said Jim Todd, director of space science at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland.
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