Here is NASA’s video stream. Meanwhile, our reporters and photographers are stationed across the Northwest, covering traffic conditions and how people are marking the astronomical event.
What you need to know:
- Americans’ first glimpse of the solar eclipse will be at 9:05 a.m. near Depoe Bay, Ore. Here’s a helpful guide for enjoying the celestial event.
- The total solar eclipse will move east across 14 states over the course of 1.5 hours, completely blocking the sun for a roughly 60-mile-wide strip of land.
- Millions of people have converged upon this “path of totality,” creating a traffic situation “for which there has been no recent precedent in the United States,” transportation officials warn.
- People outside the path of totality will see a partial eclipse.
- In Seattle, the eclipse will begin at 9:08 a.m., reach maximum coverage at 10:21 a.m. and be over by 11:39 a.m.
- Our photographers and reporters are stationed in Oregon, the Seattle area and in the sky to mark the phenomenon. (Two staffers are on board Alaska Airlines’ eclipse-chasing charter flight.)
- This is a live account of what they’re hearing, seeing and feeling, as well as NASA’s live stream that began around 9 a.m.
Update: 10:15 a.m.
Here comes the darkness.
Update: 9:35 a.m.
The moon is tip-toeing across the sun, marking the first total solar eclipse in the Northwest since 1979.
“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” John Gakura, of Kent, said while watching in a group of thousands at The Museum of Flight. “We all get to see this.”
The solar eclipse in the Seattle area will reach maximum coverage at 10:21 a.m.
Update: 8:38 a.m.
Get your glasses ready.
Just 30 minutes until the eclipse begins in the Seattle area.
Between 3,000 and…