Looking Ahead to the Total Solar Eclipse at Ranch at the Canyons, 2017
On August 21st, 2017, a very narrow path on the continental United States will have the privilege of experiencing a total solar eclipse and Ranch at the Canyons is right in the line of sight!
Exactly one year before this solar eclipse, we hosted a special owner’s event where we invited Astronomy Professor Alex Filippenko from Cal Berkley to discuss the spectacular opportunity that this small slice of the US will have to view the upcoming solar eclipse. Considering there hasn’t been one like this in 38 years, and because it will be especially visible in our specific region, we had Dr. Filippenko educate us and prepare us for next year’s viewing so we can make the most of it! Having traveled worldwide to view multiple solar eclipses first hand, Dr. Filippenko is expecting this natural wonder to begin around 9:06 am and then be in full totality for about 90 seconds around 10:20 am.
Although there is talk that the prime place to view the solar eclipse is in Madras, Oregon, Dr. Filippenko believes that a few factors will make RATC a much better prospect for viewing, including weather for viewing along the entire path of totality during the eclipse, and the amount of traffic in our area compared to Madras (thousands of people from all over the United States are predicted to make the trek here to Central Oregon to witness the event).
Through Cal Discoveries Travel, Dr. Filippenko will be guiding a group of astronomy enthusiasts here to Ranch at the Canyons, to observe and experience the total solar eclipse from our prime location. For more information about the guided travel package, go to http://alumni.berkeley.edu/travel/cal-discoveries/north-america/total-solar-eclipse-oregon
What a privilege we have to live in an ideal place to view such a rare, amazing show of nature! We’re looking forward to 2017!