This August, we’ll have the chance to witness the first total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. in 38 years! On August 21st, the moon will move in front of the sun for a total of 2-3 minutes. This phenomenon can be seen (at least in part) across the country.
Viewing in Los Angeles
While only about 70% of the sun will be blocked here in Los Angeles, Griffith Park Observatory is holding its very own special event for those who still want to get in on the action.
“I’ve seen enough to know why you keep going to see them,” said E.C. Krupp, the director of Griffith Observatory. After seeing a total of 14 solar eclipses, Krupp believes they are “one of the most remarkable and singular phenomenons you will ever see.”
Source: Griffith Park Observatory
Griffith Observatory will be hosting a viewing event open to the public from 9 am – 12 noon on its front lawn. Attendees are welcome to bring their own blankets, however personal telescopes will not be allowed into the event. Scientists are also stressing the importance of not looking directly at the sun during the eclipse without proper eye protection. Eclipse viewers will be available for purchase at The Stellar Emporium gift shop to protect your eyes during the event.
Traveling to See the Eclipse
For those looking for a more luxurious viewing of the eclipse, Oregon is offering its Big Mountain Heli Tours accompanied by breathtaking views and champagne. You’ll travel to a remote basecamp in your own private helicopter as you witness the solar eclipse above the mountains.
Source: Pronghorn Resort
Several other states in the path of totality will also be hosting their own events such as Casper, Wyoming’s “Eclipse Festival 2017”. With museums, tours, music and more, this festival goes from August 16 through August 21st. The entire city of Casper actually lies within the line of totality. You’ll be able to catch a glimpse of a nearly full eclipse!
Where will you be watching this year’s solar eclipse? Even if you are not in the path of totality, this year at least a partial eclipse will be visible to everyone in the United States. Just remember to protect your eyes, check when the eclipse will begin in your time zone, and enjoy the moment!