‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse of 2023: latest updates | ET REALITY


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People gathered on the beach in Newport, Or. in 2017, near where a total eclipse first made landfall. Today will be the first state again.Credit…Toni Greaves for The New York Times

As the annular eclipse begins its journey across the Americas on Saturday, people on the Oregon coast have the privilege of being first to see it, but only if the weather clears.

For Oregon, being the first state is a repeat of 2017, when a total eclipse made landfall along its central coast. Although the weather cooperated in August, forecasters are projecting widespread cloud coverage across much of the coast throughout Saturday. That could curb eclipse viewing events, such as one at Shore Acres State Park in Coos Bay, where park officials have hundreds of eclipse glasses and an array of solar telescopes to give visitors a chance to witness the “ ring of Fire”. “

“We’re crossing all our fingers and toes and hoping for the best outcome,” said Lee Ricci, the park manager. The park still plans to hold an educational event about eclipses on Saturday, even if visitors can’t see it.

The best chance for clear skies is to the east, on the other side of the Cascade Mountains. There in Klamath County, about 2,000 people from places across the country, including California, Michigan and Georgia, gathered for an eclipse festival that included a viewing party, children’s activities and a Smash Mouth concert.

Julie Bennett, who travels the country in an RV and writes about her experiences, has been watching the weather forecasts all week and noticed that the skies were clear at noon on Friday when the forecasts called for clouds.

He also said it wasn’t necessary for all the skies to be clear on Saturday for the event to be a success.

“I was feeling nervous at the beginning of the week,” Ms. Bennett said. “I’m cautiously optimistic, but probably more optimistic.”

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