It’s almost here! Starting around 1pm on Monday the eclipse will cast a path of darkness across our state. The last time Georgia was treated to this spectacle was 1984. What makes this eclipse such a big deal is that this is the first time since 1918 that the 48 contiguous states will enjoy at least a partial eclipse and from Oregon to South Carolina areas will enjoy a total eclipse.
If you want to see midnight in the afternoon you will need to head north of Atlanta. Some of the cities in the path are Baldwin, Clayton, Blairsville, Helen, Rabin Gap, and Blue Ridge along with four state parks: Vogel, Moccasin Creek, Black Rock Mountain, and Unicoi. Be prepared for huge crowds if you head this way!
If you want to stay closer to home, Atlanta will still have a nice partial eclipse and a lot of places will be hosting special events. Here are a few:
Atlanta Fulton Public Library System: Several branches will host special watch parties complete with eclipse viewing glasses. At most of the participating branches, you will be able to see a partial solar eclipse (95%) and/ or live streaming from NASA Live Stream (technology permitting). The following branches are all hosting events on Aug. 21 — times vary, but they are generally between 1-4 p.m. (maximum viewing should occur about 2:35 p.m.) Call each branch for details.
- Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library 9560 Spruill Rd, Johns Creek 770-360-8820
- Adamsville-Collier Heights Library 3424 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Atlanta 30331 404-699-4206
- Adams Park Library 2231 Campbellton Rd. SW, Atlanta 30311 404-752-8763
- Northside Library 3295 Northside Parkway, NW, Atlanta 30327 404-814-3508
- Ocee Branch Library 5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 770-360-8897
- Ponce de Leon Branch Library 980 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE., Atlanta 404-885-7820
Chattahoochee Nature Center: From 2-3 p.m. catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse. Viewing glasses provided while supplies last. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell
Dunwoody Nature Center: A solar eclipse party from 1-4 p.m. with peak eclipse at 2:35 p.m. and 97% will take place in the baseball fields. Special viewing glasses will be supplied while they last. Park at the Baseball Fields and bring a blanket or chairs. Dunwoody Senior Baseball Fields, 5321 Roberts Drive, Atlanta
Fernbank Science Center: See the partial solar eclipse, about 97 %, weather permitting, through solar filtered telescopes for safe viewing and enjoy programs throughout the day and live streaming of the eclipse as it crosses the country. Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Dr., Atlanta
Georgia Institute of Technology: From 1 – 4 p.m., enjoy live streaming of the eclipse from the Georgia Tech Observatory as well as the use of safe viewing tools including eye-safe telescopes, pinhole cameras and shoebox projectors. There will be an auditory journey of the solar system and astronomy-themed music and snacks. Georgia Tech, Kessler Campanile, 355 North Ave NW, Atlanta
Georgia State University: On Georgia State’s downtown campus the public can view the eclipse through solar telescopes set up in front of 25 Park Place, Atlanta.
Ponce City Market Skyline Park: At 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, Skyline Park and HowStuffWorks will host an eclipse viewing party on the rooftop of Ponce City Market. The first 300 guests will get free viewing glasses, after that, glassed can be purchased for $2 while supplies last. There will be games, trivia and the bar and concessions will be open. Regular admission rates for Skyline Park apply: $10 for adults and kids over 12, $7 for kids under 12 (kids under 3 are free). Visit skylineparkatlanta.com for details.
Woodruff Park: Visit the park from 2 – 4 p.m. The first 200 people will get a free pair solar eclipse glasses and enjoy games, music, and more during this event in conjunction with AFPLS. Woodruff Park, 91 Peachtree Street, Atlanta
You can also check your local paper or Chamber of Commerce to see what may be planned in your area.
If the weather is bad or you just don’t want to fight the crowds there will be plenty of ways to view on line or on tv.
ABC News: David Muir heads “The Great American Eclipse,” the two-hour live coverage of the eclipse on Abcnews.go.com which includes views of the eclipse as well as the scene from watch parties and landmarks along the path of totality. The live stream will also be available on Facebook Live, YouTube and across ABC News social media channels. There will also be an on-air broadcast from 1 – 3 p.m. ET.
Astronomy.com: See live streaming of the eclipse from Denver, Colorado on Astronomy.com. Streaming will be in 4K. This is not a total eclipse as Colorado will only get about a 92 percent partial eclipse at maximum coverage in Denver. Tune in just before 2 p.m. ET to be sure to catch the action.
Eclipse Across America: For a unique take on live streaming, check out the High Altitude Balloon Project in which students and ballooning groups launch high-altitude balloons with cameras up into the sky to capture views of the eclipse. Viewing is available at eclipse.stream.live.
NASA Television: On Aug. 21 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET, NASA Television will host “Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA,” an unprecedented live video event as the eclipse makes its way across America from Oregon to South Carolina. There will also be coverage of activities taking place in parks, libraries, stadiums, festivals and museums across the country, and on social media. You can watch from Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope/Twitter, NASA apps or from the live stream page at nasa.gov/eclipselive.
However you choose to view the eclipse have fun and be safe. Do NOT look directly at sun will unprotected eyes or regular sunglasses. Make sure you use special solar glasses or #14 welder’s glass for direct viewing. The safest way, however, is to make a pinhole project. Use a pencil point to make a hole in an index card or piece of cardboard and place a second piece on the ground. Hold the card with pinhole about 3 or 4 feet above above the one on the ground and align it with the sun (make sure you don’t look directly at the sun while doing this. The eclipse will be projected onto the card on the ground. The larger the pinhole the larger the sun will look.