A group of students view a partial solar eclipse at a school in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, April 8, 2005. (AP Photo/Zoe Selsky) **EFE OUT**

11 solar eclipse watch parties in Dayton

Every few years, word of some “rare” eclipse spreads and most likely, it comes and goes without much attention at all. This eclipse, however, is different.

A group of students view a partial solar eclipse at a school in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, April 8, 2005. (AP Photo/Zoe Selsky) **EFE OUT**

On August 21, 2017, The Great American Eclipse will sweep across the United States, and only the United States. 

The last time that an eclipse “touched only American soil was June 13th, 1257,” according to eclipse2017.org, and the next time won’t be until January 25th, 2316. 

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Basically, this is super rare. For a few minutes, the bright sunlight of about 2:28 p.m. will fall into a dim twilight as the moon covers 89% of the sun. 

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The total solar eclipse is seen from the island of Kastellorizo, Greece, on Wednesday, March 29, 2006. As the moon covered the sun, the temperature dropped quickly, as the sun blackened and a fiery rim surrounded it, and the sky turned an dark blue. (AP Photo/Marios Papadakis)

So don’t be ‘shady’ on August 21. Join one of these local watch parties to make sure you don’t miss an out-of-this-world spectacle. 

1. Washington-Centerville Public Library watch party

Where: 111 W. Spring Valley Rd, Centerville

When: August 21st, 1- 4 p.m. (2:30 p.m. peak)

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2. Winters-Bellbrook Community Library watch party

Where: 57 West Franklin Street, Bellbrook

When: August 21st, 1-3 p.m.

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3. Cedarville Library watch party

Where: 20 S. Miller Street, Cedarville

When: August 21st, 1-3 p.m.

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4. Fairborn Community Library watch party 

Where: 1 East Main Street, Fairborn

When: August 21st, 1-3 pm

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5. Boonshoft Museum of Discovery watch party

Where: 2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton

When: August 21st, 1- ? p.m.

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6. Milton Union Public Library

Where: Milton Union Public Library, 560 S. Main Street West Milton

Info: 937-698-5515 | www.mupubliclibrary.org

Safety for Viewing the Eclipse
6:30 p.m. Aug. 17th
Amateur astronomers Ron and Joann Wagner will speak on safety for viewing the eclipse. 

Solar Eclipse Open House 
12:45-4 p.m. Aug. 21st
The library will host an open house for the clipse, offering a livestream of the eclipse indoors, as well as eclipse viewing glasses for outside viewing. The viewing glasses were obtained through grants. 

7. Tipp City Library’s Great American Eclipse Viewing Party

Where: The lawn of Zion Lutheran Church, 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City

When: 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 21st

8. Eclipse Float on the Great Miami

Where: meeting: 1995 E Ross Rd, Tipp City

When: 12:30 p.m. August 21st

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9. Fraze Pavilion Viewing Party

Where: 695 Lincoln Park Boulevard, Kettering

When: noon- 4 p.m. Aug 21st

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10. Cedarville University's Dept. of Engineering and Science’s observatory watch party

Where: Cedarville University, 251 N. Main St, Cedarville

When: 2- 3 p.m. Aug. 21

More info: Call 937-766-8800

11. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park watch party & Junior Ranger Program

Join us at the Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center or the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center to obserfve this amazing cosmic event and take part in other solar related activities. Free eclipse glasses will be avilable while supplies last for viewing the eclipse. 

Where: Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, 16 S. Williams St., Dayton; and Huffman Prairie Flying Field, 2380 Memorial Road, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

When: Noon- 4 p.m. Aug. 21

More info: Call 937-225-7705

Know of a watch party we missed? Email sarah.franks@coxinc.com with details and we’ll add it.