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World travelers retire on Oregon coast for the eclipse, build observatory

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With less than a month to go before the solar eclipse that will streak across Oregon and the U.S., many have gotten their eclipse glasses or camping spot and are counting down the days.

But for amateur astronomer Kay Wyatt and her her husband, they’ve gone a few steps further.

As scientists, they’ve traveled the world and lived all over, but they decided to retire along the Oregon coast.

“This is our little bit of heaven,” Wyatt said as she showed off her property near Neskowin.

Wyatt and her husband are seismologist and wanted to move to Oregon to do earthquake outreach and catch a once-in-a-lifetime event.

“We had two criteria. One is to find a home that is out of the tsunami zone and another that was in the path of totality for the 2017 eclipse," she said. 

That’s exactly what they found. They bought property, put a home on it and even a small dome observatory. Inside, Wyatt has just anything and everything needed to peer into the sky.

For hours at a time, she gazes into space, ever curious of what she might find.

“My specialty is astrophotography,” Wyatt said. “Everyday I am learning something new. It is certainly the most difficult hobby we’ve ever done.”

Wyatt, who is also the Depot Bay Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team coordinator, has been using what she’s learned to educate others.

She’s been holding monthly presentations to talk all things Eclipse. The talks range from what’s going to happen to making sure everyone is prepared.

Wyatt said  she has been overwhelmed with the standing-room-only attendance.

“It has really really been successful,” Wyatt said, “not because of me, but just because it is something that people are excited about and want to learn about.”

Perhaps the most excitement will come in less than a month when the eclipse finally happens. Wyatt said she’ll be spending the morning with her husband from their private observatory in the coast range.

“We will be able to just experience something we have been able to look forward to for a long long time," she said. 

Wyatt is holding one more talk about the eclipse it is set for Aug. 17. For more information click here.

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