Celebrate the total eclipse on Aug. 21 at these local events


What is being dubbed The Great American Eclipse occurs on Monday, Aug. 21 and is a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed!

eclipseNorth America has a front row seat to the first solar eclipse of the sun since 1979. During the day Monday, the moon will gradually move across the sky to eventually completely cover the sun. While Marylanders will not view a total eclipse, we will still see a partial solar eclipse – up to 80 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon.

In our area, the eclipse will start shortly after 1 p.m. and gradually reach totality just before 3 p.m. To safely view the event, you will need solar glasses or a filter to block out the harmful rays that can cause permanent damage to your eyes during eclipse. NASA offers information on approved solar glasses and other safety tips.  If you just don’t want to chance it, NASA will also live stream the event on their website. 

There are several events happening in Maryland to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Calvert Library in Prince Frederick – All locations will have fun, educational viewing experiences for all ages. Protective glasses will be available on a first come, first served basis. Call your branch for specific times at the event. 

Celestial Event of the Century – Several libraries throughout Anne Arundel County are offering the opportunity to watch the solar eclipse with special viewing glasses and learn about celestial events through stories and activities. Each library will have a limited supply of viewing glasses.

James E. Richmond Science Center Solar Eclipse Party – Watch the rare solar eclipse in Waldorf from the parking lot of the James E. Richmond Science Center with telescopes projecting the eclipse onto the ground for safe viewing. Event is free, with solar glasses available for $1 as well as refreshments for purchase. 

Maryland Science Center Viewing PartyMaryland Science Center Viewing Party – From noon to 4 p.m. the Maryland Science Center’s Observatory is hosting a watch party with paid admission offering a variety of safe solar views and sun themed activities to share, enjoy and take away. Rooftop access will be available via a timestamped ticket which the Maryland Science Center will provide at no additional cost on a first come first served basis.

Port Discovery Solar Eclipse Day – Join fellow eclipse watchers at Port Discovery in Baltimore to prepare for this rare astronomical event before it takes place. Learn the science behind this exciting natural phenomenon, create solar eclipse art, and join in celestial activities. Admission required.