School navigation

The Source

Solar Eclipse Gathering

Date: 9:00am - 11:30am PDT August 21, 2017 Location: Fir Acres Estate Gardens

Fir Acres Estate Gardens

On Monday, August 21, if the sun is unobstructed by clouds, Lewis & Clark College will offer a prime viewing area for the total solar eclipse. Visitors are asked to be familiar with this Preparation Information from Campus Safety and the following details:  

Viewing Location

Great Plat Field (located in the Fir Acres Estate Gardens, between the Reflecting Pool and the Outdoor Swimming Pool). See campus map for details.


Enter campus at Gate 2 to access Parking Lot E. Use the path going southwest toward Watzek Library. Follow signs to take the path in between Watzek and the Miller Center for the Humanities. Great Plat Field is the grassy lawn below the Reflecting Pool (looking east). 

What to Bring

Please learn how to view the solar eclipse safely and bring your own eclipse viewing glasses or a hand-held solar viewer. On the day of the eclipse, viewing glasses will be made available at the Watzek Library service desk on the 2nd floor, while supplies last. You may also consider bringing a blanket or chair and some water. The Lewis & Clark CARE Committee will supply Moon Pies and Sun Chips.

Viewing Times

At the max, the eclipse will be 99.56%, meaning less than 1% of the sun will not be covered by the moon.

Start time: 9:06am  (PDT)  coords: alt = 28 degs, azimuth = 102 degs

Max eclipse: 10:19am  coords: alt = 40 degs, azi = 118 degs

End time: 11:38am coords: alt =50.8 degs, azi = 141 degs

The alt coordinate above is the altitude above the horizon. It goes from 28 degrees to 50 degrees. 45 degrees is half way from the horizon to zenith (direction straight up).

The azimuth coordinate has 0 degrees to the north and then measures towards the east, so 90 degrees is straight east. So the eclipse will be barely south of east at the beginning, and then just beyond southeast (which is azi = 135 degs) at the end.   


Bathrooms are located in Watzek Library, the Miller Center for the Humanities, and in the bath house adjacent to the outdoor swimming pool.


Field’s Dining Hall in the Templeton Campus Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

How to View the Solar Eclipse Safely

The only safe way to look directly at the eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” (example shown at right) or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.

Campus Safety

Campus Safety and Visitor Information is located at the Gate 3 entrance of the college. Officers can be reached 24 hours by calling 503-768-7855 or 

Lewis & Clark Sesquicentennial 1867–2017

During the 2017–18 academic year, Lewis & Clark will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its first year of classes. Throughout the year, we will honor our institution’s distinctive past as we prepare for its bright future.