Observatory Park Will Be Safe Daytime Viewing Location of Awesome Partial Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st!

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Come glimpse the eclipse! Sun-viewing strategies will be plentiful at Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park on Monday, August 21st!

Observatory Park is your family’s headquarters for safe daytime viewing of the awesome partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st – and this is awesome astronomical event you won’t want to miss. The next time anything close occurs, when a total eclipse crosses through Northeast Ohio, won’t be till April 8, 2024!

Visitation of your International Dark Sky Park in Montville Township from noon to 4:00 p.m. the day of the eclipse will allow you to get your eyes and hands on a variety of safe sun-viewing equipment including:

  • Eclipse-viewing goggles
  • Pinhole viewers
  • A mirror projecting an image of the sun into our darkened observatory
  • Several telescopes for viewing magnified images of the eclipse
  • A binocular-projection station
  • A “snapshot station” where you can take your own photos of the eclipse
  • A radio telescope that allows you to listen to the sun
  • Maximum eclipse effects will be visible about 2:30 p.m., and trust us, they will be cool. More than half of our brilliant sun will be covered!

Now if the weather is cloudy, the above activities might seem rather unsatisfying – but don’t let that stop you! Observatory Park will also offer the following activities no matter what the weather:

  • Visits from NASA Glenn Research Center
  • A live view of the eclipse from a site in the path of totality
  • A craft activity where you can make a (working!) scale model of the eclipse
  • A “history trail,” where you can walk and learn about eclipse history around the world
  • Tours of the newly restored Nassau Astronomical Station at Observatory Park

Before the eclipse, you can also learn more about what to expect at Observatory Park’s Get Ready for an Eclipse program on Friday, August 11th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., then enjoy night sky viewing using park telescopes till 11:00 p.m., weather permitting.

For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit us online at Geauga Park District, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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