By Derek Myers

The phrase once in a lifetime is thrown around, but this summer there will be a total solar eclipse that may very well be a once in a lifetime event for residents of Oregon and more specifically McMinnville. A solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon, and Earth are perfectly aligned with the path of sunlight being blocked by the Moon resulting in a brief period of total darkness during the daytime. Solar eclipses are brief lasting for no more a minute and while not completely rare, it is uncommon to be conveniently located in the path of totality, the area in which the sun is completely obscured by the Moon. The last complete solar eclipse viewed by the continental United States was in 1979 over the Pacific Northwest. The next solar eclipse may be the only one that you are able to see in totality, so don’t miss the opportunity for the experience of a lifetime… literally