The Great American Eclipse. August 2017. Poised within the center of the path of totality, Newport, Oregon, was host to the first major gathering of people in the continental United States to view the 2017 eclipse of the sun. The total solar eclipse made contact on the Oregon Coast just after 10:15 a.m. Pacific time, darkening skies as the moon obscured the sun and cast a long shadow across Earth. It concluded its path just under 105 minutes later in South Carolina. 2017 marks the first time in 99 years that the eclipse has spanned the entire continental USA. The next total eclipse to span the entire country will be in 2045. (L to R) Domenica Gavin, Ursula Marinelli, John Tocco, and Anthony Marinelli view the 2017 total eclipse of the sun.