CORVALLIS, Ore. - Corvallis citizen scientists are invited to attend a town hall forum and participate in a "MegaMovie" focused on next year's total solar eclipse. Corvallis is in the direct path of the eclipse, which will take place Aug. 21, 2017, at around 10 a.m.

A town hall to educate the community on the project will take place Aug. 3 from 6-8 p.m. in the International Living-Learning Center, Room 155, 1701 S.W. Western Blvd., on the Oregon State University campus.

A team from the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley is hosting the "Eclipse Across America Awareness Tour" to bring together interested parties, including civil leaders, business owners, scientists and other community members. They will explain the MegaMovie project, which asks citizen scientists to take photos during the eclipse and submit them to the movie team. The images will be stitched together into an eclipse "MegaMovie" sponsored by Google's new Making & Science initiative.

The town hall will raise awareness about the eclipse, introduce the community to some local activities around the eclipse, and share resources. It is hosted by several OSU departments and colleges.

The MegaMovie team is also planning meetings in Lincoln City, Madras, and John Day, which are also in the direct path of the full eclipse. Portland and Eugene will experience a partial but not a full eclipse.

The last total solar eclipse to run from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic across North America was in 1979 and the next one to do so will not be until 2045.

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Martin Storksdieck, 541-737-8666,