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Grand Ronde will be in path of August 2017 solar eclipse

11.17.2015 Dean Rhodes Events

The daytime sky will go dark in Grand Ronde on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, as a total solar eclipse will block the sun.

According to, the sun will actually rise in the Pacific Ocean while eclipsed, which is a sight that few people have ever seen, and the shadow will start racing across the surface of the water at supersonic speed.

The shadow – the umbral cone – will make landfall at a rocky spot of ground just north of Newport at about 10:15 a.m. and experience a full minute and 50 seconds of totality. Darkness will then envelope Lincoln City and Depoe Bay and race eastward to Grand Ronde, Dallas, Albany, Lebanon, Philomath, McMinnville, Woodburn and Salem.

In eastern Oregon, the eclipse will darken the skies over Warm Springs, Mitchell, Prairie City and Ontario before moving into Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The swath of the shadow will touch the United States for slightly more than 93 minutes.

After continuing on over the Atlantic Ocean, the shadow will not touch any more land, lifting off the Earth’s surface near Africa.

Spirit Mountain Casino General Manager Stan Dillon said the lodge has not seen any out of the ordinary interest in reservations for August 2017 yet.