Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College begins its 2023-24 Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series welcoming Dr. Patricia Reiff, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University in Houston, Texas to discuss the upcoming annular eclipse passing over Coos Bay.

The lecture, Eclipses of 2023-2024, is free and will take place in-person on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, in the Umpqua Hall lecture room, September 21, 2023 at 6:30 pm. For Curry County residents we are hosting a livestream viewing at the Curry Campus with the ability to participate in our live Q and A. Join us in the Community Room on the Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings.

On October 14, 2023 there will be an annular eclipse passing over Coos Bay, and the subsequent total solar eclipse will be visible in the Southern and Eastern United States on April 8, 2024. The annular eclipse seen locally in October will appear as a “ring of fire” eclipse that blocks 95% of the sun, but shows a ring of solar emission around the Moon’s shadow. The April 8th total solar eclipse will pass from south Texas to the eastern seaboard with totality appearing similar to that experienced by Oregonians in August 2017.

For those unable to attend in-person at either campus, the talk and discussion will be live streamed on our YouTube channel here.

We will also share information about our eclipse viewing event plans on campus so attendees can prepare to enjoy the eclipse with us.


For more information about the lecture series contact Dr. Aaron Coyner, Associate Professor of Physics, at 541-888-7244, aaron.coyner@socc.edu.

For more information on other departmental events and outreach opportunities email STEAM Pathways Assistant, Krystal Hopper Meyers at krystal.hopper@socc.edu. To learn more about physics degrees at Southwestern visit https://www.socc.edu/physics/.



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