Central Oregon Eclipse Events

If you haven't heard (we're kidding, we know you have) the must-see event of the summer, the Total Solar Eclipse, is fast approaching! Set to occur on Monday, August 21st, there are a number of eclipse related events happening around Oregon in the coming week!

For those brave enough to venture around Central Oregon, a full event list complied by The Source Weekly, can be found here. From educational events, to eclipse viewings at wineries and music festivals, the options for experiencing the eclipse are endless! Be sure to check back frequently, as event information and updates are regularly added to their list.

For those staying put in Bend, have no fear! While not in the path of totality, there are a still a number of local events going on to give you give you an unforgettable eclipse experience. A couple of our favorites place can be found below:

While Bend is often associated with its massive beer scene, we can't let its ciders and wines go unnoticed. A personal favorite of Locals Compass Founder & CEO, ATLAS Cider Company is not to be missed! Dedicating the Saturday before the eclipse to the stars, ATLAS is hosting EDM "The Path of Totality" Night. Join in the fun with cider, lights, lasers and electronic dance music on Saturday, August 20 from 9:00 pm to 12:30 am! Free to those 21 and over. Check out their event page for more information!

Another favorite, Naked Winery, will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Black Out Party in their Bend Tasting Room. Opening early at 9 am, the party will be started with Solar Sangria, wine specials, snacks, music and more. Don't forget to wear black attire and grab your solar eclipse viewing glasses! Full event details here.

We also recommend checking out Worthy Brewing, a local brewery who has dedicated their entire week to the event. Having recently experienced their newly opened Hopservatory (read more here) we know their dedication to the eclipse will be a huge success!

Presented by the Worthy Garden Club, Worthy Solar Eclipse Week will take place August 16-21st. The theme of this special program is "See the Light" and will consist of speakers from various disciplines that will address a number of topics for five consecutive nights before the Total Solar Eclipse.

Below, you'll find the full Solar Eclipse Week schedule, as outlined on their website:


Eleanor Latham PhD.: Someone Will Save Us 6:30-7:15pm
Popular culture typically reflects the hopes, fears, and interests of "the ordinary person" in whatever culture is producing the popular work-this is true whether we are looking at Classical Greek Tragedy or Wonder Woman.  Science Fiction, once called "Speculative Fiction," is particularly prone to this tendency, since it is not bound by requirements for realism.  Science Fiction, of course, includes many sub-genres (such as mutations, science experiment gone wrong, future history, and alternative history).  In honor of our current interest in the solar eclipse, I will focus on Science Fiction involving outer space. This talk will examine a few important movies in five categories: 1. Space: The Final Frontier; 2. We're the Good Guys (even when we are the bad guys); 3. Dying Earth; 4. Limits of the Human; and 5. Against All Odds.

Bob Grossfeld: Eclipse Craziness - What's the hoopla all about? 7:30-8:15pm
What is all the fuss about this upcoming eclipse? Let’s look at the history of these magical events and see why they are so special. We will take a look at what to expect here in Bend and the surrounding communities. Then look at the best way to view or take pictures of the eclipse.


Brandon Overstreet, M.S., Ph.D Candidate: Sun and Ice Sheet Rivers - An expedition to measure meltwater production on the Greenland Ice Sheet 6:30-7:15pm
Each summer, melting snow and ice form a complex network of rivers on the Greenland ice sheet. In many ways, these streams behave like temperate rivers in hyperdrive, efficiently carving channels and canyons into the ice surface. Flow in these rivers are highly sensitive to solar irradiation and temperature and accelerated melting on the Greenland ice sheet has led to consistent increases in global sea level. The rivers on the Greenland ice sheet provide efficient conduits for transporting meltwater to the ocean but the amount of water conveyed through these river systems is difficult to measure and not well understood. This talk describes recent expeditions into the interior of the Greenland Ice Sheet to gain intimate view of the relationship between temperature and the behavior of the rivers on the ice surface. The data collected will help refine estimates of meltwater production and sea level rise in the future and shape our shared understanding of global climate change.
Roger Worthington: Colonizing Outer Space - Is it All About Planting the Flag? 7:30-8:15pm
Is space travel and colonization an imperative for the survival of the human species? Can we get to the nearest “Goldilocks” planet? Even if we can colonize other planets, should we? What are the costs and benefits?


Scott Fisher PhD.: Darkness in Daytime – the Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse” 7:00pm
On the morning of August 21, 2017, central Oregon (and a 60-mile swath across the continental US) will witness one of nature’s most spectacular events, a total eclipse of the Sun. As the shadow of the Moon moves across the US from Lincoln City, OR to Charleston, SC it is expected that as many as 50 million people will travel to see this incredible spectacle. Dr. Scott Fisher from the University of Oregon Department of Physics will be one of those travelers, he will be near Madras taking part working with a team of NASA scientists on eclipse observations.

Before the event, on August 18th, Dr. Fisher will be giving a public-level talk about the eclipse in conjunction with the Worthy Garden Club and the Hopservatory. In this fun and informative talk Dr. Fisher will explain how eclipses occur, describe what we should expect to see, and talk about how to view the eclipse safely.

Please come out to hear one of our local experts talk about this once in a lifetime opportunity to see an eclipse in our own backyard!


Joann Eisberg PhD.: Science in the Moon's Shadow - a Brief History of the Science of Solar Eclipses 6:30-7:15pm
From ancient Greece and China to the present day, astronomers have used eclipse data to explore the architecture of the solar system, the physics of the sun, and the bending of space itself.  This talk briefly surveys some of the highlights of eclipse science.

Joann Eisberg fell in love with astronomy when she had the opportunity to study its history and to see how the ideas captured between the covers of science textbooks actually grew out of the actions of real people exploring nature.  She earned her PhD. in the History of Astronomy at Harvard University, and she is now Professor of Astronomy at Chaffey College.  She is interested in issues of science teaching, women in science and the role of science in modern society. She enjoys presenting the excitement of astronomy and its history to a wide range of audiences, from college classes to amateur astronomy clubs and scout troops.

Brad Hughes PhD.: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence 7:30-8:15pm
Since the start of the SETI program, scientists have been searching for signs of intelligent life. Rather that just be passively listening for ET to call us, Astronomers are capable now of identifying planets that may harbor life. This will be a tour through some of the most recent discoveries in SETI, including planets that may have the right conditions for life to arise.

After earning his Undergraduate degrees in Physics, Philosophy, and Mathematics from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Dr. Hughes went on to earn his Master’s in Physics and Master’s in Education at BGSU. After a brief stint teaching High School, Dr. Hughes completed his Phd work in Physics at UC Riverside. He then held a number of teaching posts at the College level until joining Chaffey College in August 2016 as a Professor of Astronomy

Grant Tandy: Sunday Solar 12-4pm - Starhop Night 9-11pm
Grant’s love for astronomy began with his innate curiosity of the natural world, wondering how things work and why. Once discovering the vastness and wonder of astronomy it quickly became a passion for him, leading to a career in teaching public astronomy programs. Grant will lead a telescopic journey starting with our Sun for Solar viewing Sunday at Noon. Grant will also be offering a special open house viewing Sunday night, no need to register for this. Just show up the night of and take the stairs directly to the 3rd floor Hopservatory. Suggested $5 donation for visitors aged 7 and over. Kids free.