By: Renee Grant
In just under a week, the world will experience one of the coolest phenomena we ever get to see, a total solar eclipse. While here in Philly we won’t get to see the sun completely obscured, we’ll still get to see the scientific action with a partial solar eclipse seen in our area. Only those in a 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina will get to experience it in all its glory. The sky will go dark, the temperature will drop, and the winds will change, a brief glimpse into what life would be like without our precious sun.
If you haven’t already booked a trip to one of the places where the full eclipse is visible, you ‘ve still got plenty of spots in Philly for a clear view of a partial eclipse here (but remember you’ll need special eyewear in order to watch the eclipse, whether partial or full). The action takes place at approximately 2:44PM on Monday, August 21st. Below are some places to take in the sight of the eclipse, and if you know of any others, be sure to share them in the comments, or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Darby Free Library: The library is offering their own eclipse glasses in case it’s too late to buy your own. They’ll also stream a live NASA feed of the celestial event, science exhibits, and all kinds of family fun! The event is from 12PM to 4PM on Monday. The event is free.
The Franklin Institute: Of course Philly’s most famous science museum is getting in on the fun, with astronomer Derrick Pitts. The Franklin will offer pinhole-camera workshops and a live stream of the eclipse from St Joseph, MO. The event runs from 12PM to 4PM on Monday, admission prices range from $16 to $20.
The Independence Seaport Museum: The Delaware River waterfront museum is the perfect spot for catching the eclipse, with the museum offering viewing glasses for a small fee. A craft table for the kids where they can make their own pinhole-cameras will also be on hand, as well as refreshments at the Deck bar. The event is scheduled for 12PM to 4PM, but will not take place during inclement weather.
The Wynnefield Free Library: This West Philadelphia-area event will host a viewing party of the eclipse, and you can make your own eclipse sunglasses. The event begins at 1PM.
Wagner Free Institute of Science: This cool event features eclipse model demonstrations, an outdoor pinhole-camera workshop, and a screening of the NASA live stream in the library lecture hall. You can also view the eclipse through the sun funnel telescope for group viewing, or with eclipse glasses, available while supplies last. The event takes place from 12:30PM to 4:30PM on Monday, weather permitting.