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The Total Eclipse at Black Butte Ranch
An experience for owners and registered guests

TOTAL ECLIPSE OVERVIEW

This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

Oregon will be in the trajectory of a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 beginning around 10:19 a.m. The partial phase begins at 9:06am.  Being the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental U.S. since 1979, this event is expected to draw upwards of one million visitors to the state, with most of the activity occurring along the forecasted path of totality. This influx of people into small cities, rural areas, and along major transportation routes has the potential to create a number of challenges for emergency responders.


ECLIPSE SAFETY

Eclipse safety: It is perfectly safe to photograph or look directly at the eclipse DURING TOTALITY but INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS to glimpse the Sun during partial eclipse. You must have viewing glasses that are certified safe for viewing partial solar eclipses (Our authentic, certified glasses are available for purchase at Black Butte Ranch). Viewing the exposed sun through a camera, binoculars, or a telescope is far more dangerous. Be certain to monitor everyone, especially children! Click here for eclipse viewing techniques and safety.

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ECLIPSE VIEWING AT BBR

  • The Sports Field is the suggested primary viewing spot.
  • Walk or ride your bike. Additional bike racks will be available at the Sports Field. Please stay on the bike paths, and wear a helmet. Park bikes in designated bike parking areas and not on the Sports Field.
  • Parking will be limited. If you must drive, please park in the designated parking areas.
  • Stay hydrated. Bring Sunscreen. Water will be available for purchase at the Sports Field on the day of the event (cash only).
  • Three tents will be set up at the Sports Field: Police and Fire / First Aid, Information and Education, Water and Merchandise (cash only sales).
  • Golf Courses
    • We’ve had many requests from homeowners regarding access to the course for viewing the eclipse. The courses will be closed until 11am on the 21st.
    • Both courses will have split tee starts beginning at 11am. Please keep off the bunkers, greens and tee-off boxes. The Driving ranges will be open.

ECLIPSE ACTIVITIES 

Please join us at the Black Butte Ranch Sports Field.  All activities are free of charge. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

7pm Kids “Ask an Astronomer” at Sport Field 
8pm Eclipse Lecture at Sport Field by Dr. Donald Goldsmith
9pm  Night Sky Viewing of Saturn, constellations, lead by Dr. Balick, Dr. Goldsmith, Dr. Lutz. For this activity, you are encouraged to bring binoculars for viewing Saturn and Jupiter.
 spacer20x13.gif Note:  For these evening events, prepare for a cooler evening.  Wear long pants, warm shoes, secure hat, hoodie or warm wind-break jacket or parka
 

Monday, August 21, 2017 

9am Pre-Eclipse Activities for Children
9:06am Partial Phase Begins
10:19am  Total Solar Eclipse at Black Butte Ranch.  
11:40 Partial Phase Ending
   

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Black Butte Ranch extends a special thank you to University of Washington's three astronomers: Dr. Bruce Balick (1), Dr. Julie Lutz (2) and Dr. George Wallterstein (3), along with guest Speaker Donald Goldsmith (4), for their participation with the Total Solar Eclipse at Black Butte Ranch.  

(1) Dr. Bruce Balick.  Professor (Emeritus) of Astronomy at U Washington since 1975, PhD Cornell University (1971).  Balick chaired the UW Astronomy Department from 2000 to 2005.  He participated in the design of the newest camera on the Hubble Space Telescope.  Balick is the scientific liaison for all of the eclipse-related activities at the Black Butte Ranch.

(2) Dr. Julie Lutz.  Professor (Emeritus) of Astronomy at U Washington since 2000, PhD University of Illinois (1972). Lutz has been active in many types of educational programs in astronomy throughout Washington State.

(3) Dr. George Wallerstein.  Professor (Emeritus) of Astronomy at U Washington since 1965, PhD California Institute of Technology (1958).  Wallerstein is the founder of UW’s Astronomy Department and its first chair.

(4) Donald Goldsmith.  Author of over 20 books about astronomy for the public, President of “Interstellar Media”, PhD University of California, Berkeley (1969). Goldsmith is the author of "The Astronomers", the companion book to the popular PBS television series of the same name, Donald Goldsmith is an astrophysicist and the president of Interstellar Media. He is also the winner of the 1995 American Astronomical Society's Annenberg Foundation Award for Education and the Klumpke-Roberts Prize for his contributions to the public understanding of astronomy. His books also include "Nemesis: The Death Star and Other Theories of Mass Extinction, The Evolving Universe", and "The Hunt for Life on Mars”.


ECLIPSE SPECIAL CLOSURES

  • On Monday, August 21, access to the Ranch will be restricted to owners and registered guests only. 
  • The Sports Field is the suggested primary viewing spot.

  • Walk or ride your bike. Additional bike racks will be available at the Sports Field. Please stay on the bike paths, and wear a helmet. Park bikes in designated bike parking areas and not on the Sports Field.

  • Parking will be limited. If you must drive, please park in the designated parking areas.

  • Stay hydrated. Bring Sunscreen. Water will be available for sale at the Sports Field on the day of the event ($2 / bottle, cash only)

  • Bring warm clothing for the evening event.

  • Tents will be set up at the Sports Field: Police and Fire / First Aid, Information and Education, Water ($2) and Merchandise (cash only sales).
    Golf Courses

  • Both Glaze Meadow Golf Course and Big Meadow Golf Course will be closed until 11am on the 21st.  Both courses will have split tee starts beginning at 11am.
    Please keep off the bunkers, greens and tee-off boxes.The Driving ranges will be open for golfers.

  • Modified Pool Hours: South Meadow, Upper Glaze Meadow and Paulina pools will open at 12pm on August 21st.

  • All classes and lessons at GMRC will be cancelled for the day.

  • Glaze Meadow Sports Shop & Spa will open at noon on August 21.
  • All classes and lessons at Glaze Meadow Recreation Center are cancelled on Eclipse Day.
    Miscellaneous

  • Post Office, FEDX and UPS will not be delivering the day of the eclipse and deliveries cannot be guaranteed on the days surrounding the event.

  • Vendor schedules have changed (High Country Disposal, Food and Beverage deliveries, Janitorial) - please be understanding of potential late night / early morning service schedules.

  • Wear your safety glasses. The glasses for sale at the Ranch were made by a vendor who is on the American Astronomical Society list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers. They have also been tested by BBR Management and are considered safe for viewing purposes.

  • The area at the front of the Ranch to the right of the Y, between the pasture and aspen grove will be reserved for LifeFlight landing zone.

  • A complete fire ban has been issued as of 8/11/17. This includes charcoal and pellets.

ECLIPSE MEMORABILIA

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Hats  $24
Tee shirts $22
Hoodies  $33

Glasses*

The glasses for sale at the Ranch were made by a vendor who is on the American Astronomical Society list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers. They have also been tested by BBR Management and are considered safe for viewing purposes.

$2

These items are currently available for sale at the Black Butte Ranch Welcome Center, Post Office Glaze Meadow Sports Shop, Lakeside Bistro, and Big Meadow and Glaze Meadow Golf Shops.

On the day of the eclipse, this merchandise will also be available for sale at the Sports Field.  All purchases will be CASH ONLY at the Sports Field.  

Download the merchandise flyer (pdf)

 

 

ALTERNATE ROUTE OFF THE RANCH

There are a few alternate routes to make traveling back and forth from Sisters easier.  Please refer to the map, highlighting these alternate routes with detailed instructions.


GENERAL SAFETY TIPS

  • Get to your viewing spot early and do not trespass on private property
  • Wear appropriate solar eclipse glasses
  • Do not view the eclipse while driving
  • Be prepared for prolonged travel times and heavy traffic
  • Fuel your vehicle early
  • Check Tripcheck.com (or call 511) for road conditions
  • To report a roadside hazard, call 1-888-275-6368, option 1
  • Stay where you are and off the roads
  • Let people know where you are going

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

  • Plan ahead and come prepared for you and your family
  • Extra food and water for each family member and pets
  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Emergency contact info
  • Map of the area
  • Cell phone and charger (cell phones may not work during high usage periods) Consider texting.

http://www.oregon.gov/osp/sfm/pages/eclipse.aspx

 


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

State Coordination

There is a multi-agency coordination effort taking place at the state and local level. There will be a command center at the fairgrounds in Redmond. Agencies involved are: COFMS, ODF, OSP, ODOT, St. Charles, Local, and NGO.

Central Oregon Emergency Information Network. Sign up to receive CEOIN information and alerts here. 

 CEOIN Website | Twitter | Facebook

Deschutes County Text Alerts. Sign up for Deschutes County emergency text alerts here.

Central Oregon Fire Information  | Central Oregon Red Cross |  Tripcheck.com (call 511)

Related Articles
Local Agencies Prepare for Eclipse Impact, The Nugget Newspaper, 7.18.2017

PREPARING FOR THE ECLIPSE

Eclipse Planning Meeting Synoposis, Black Butte Ranch Firehall, 8/09/17

The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network recommends the following steps in the few weeks prior to August 21, 2017:

  • Go grocery shopping early and be prepared with at least a week's worth of food
  • Fill up the fuel tanks of all your vehicles
  • Refill your prescriptions ahead of time
  • Avoid scheduling doctor or dentist appointments during the peak days expected for visitors (August 16-23)
  • Stock up on pet food and supplies
  • Be prepared for extremely long commute times, especially if you live and work in two different cities, as Highways 97, 20, 26, and other major arterial roadways will be operating above capacity
  • Conserve water by not using "extra" water, or watering your lawn during this time
  • Conserve electricity by unplugging electronics when not in use
  • Get cash to have on hand in case ATMs experience down times
  • Overall, exercise patience as traffic will be heavy and wait lines will be long for many basic necessities

By shopping and preparing ahead of time, local shops and services will have more resources to take care of our guests.