Madras is gearing up for what some call the Solar Eclipse of the century and people from far and wide are traveling there for Monday’s eclipse as it falls bang in the middle of the path of totality in which the moon will completely blot out the sun. Soon thousands will rejoice at the sight of complete darkness during the middle of the day. However, THIS Madras is not Chennai, and that is surely a disappointment for star gazers here. This particular Madras is a town in the US state of Oregon. Correspondents from the Science Channel and other American TV networks will report from the Central Oregon town where the eclipse would reach a 100 percent, according to Oregon Live.
The town has organised a Solarfest around the eclipse, reports Hindustan Times. The event will be held at a gathering at the Jefferson County fairgrounds. The Solarfest will also feature music, science, camping and art. Visitors are flocking to the small town in great numbers to get a prime spot for the event under the sun. Traffic has been so intense that the town authorities had to call in the National Guard to take care of the traffic jam. Over 1,00,000 people are camping in the town of 7,000 to experience the unique celestial event. Many acres of farmland have been converted into a city of tents and motorhomes, according to the LA Times.