- Sarah Franks
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.
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.
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.
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)
2. Winters-Bellbrook Community Library watch party
Where: 57 West Franklin Street, Bellbrook
When: August 21st, 1-3 p.m.
3. Cedarville Library watch party
Where: 20 S. Miller Street, Cedarville
When: August 21st, 1-3 p.m.
4. Fairborn Community Library watch party
Where: 1 East Main Street, Fairborn
When: August 21st, 1-3 pm
5. Boonshoft Museum of Discovery watch party
Where: 2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton
When: August 21st, 1- ? p.m.
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
9. Fraze Pavilion Viewing Party
Where: 695 Lincoln Park Boulevard, Kettering
When: noon- 4 p.m. Aug 21st
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
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