Solar Eclipse 2017
I was thinking that the last significant solar eclipse I can remember happened when I was in elementary school. But then I’m wondering if that’s even possible. Uhhhh, well, the last visible solar eclipse in the US was 38 years ago. Oops. I’m right. And yes I was in elementary school then – hard as that is for me to believe!
I also remember how they kept warning us not to look directly at the eclipse or we could go blind. Naturally I assumed this meant that even accidentally being anywhere outside at all or near a window would instantly render me sightless – so I was terrified of this evil solar eclipse. Even using paper with a hole poked in it was too risque for me.
Long story short, I did not go blind.
But don’t go and look at the eclipse without NASA approved glasses – and no I don’t know where you can find them because it looks like everyone is out – you’ll just have to share! Or you can always watch the NASA live streaming event on your phone or computer of course.
And it turns out that everybody is getting pretty excited about the eclipse and having parties and live streaming and all sorts of cool stuff.
Supposedly the best places to be to view the eclipse are either in Wyoming or Nebraska but we all know that the best place to be for anything is Colorado. So if you’re in the Denver area here’s where you can either catch a glimpse of the activity or even attend a party or educational event:
The Arvada Library at 7525 W 57th Ave solar eclipse viewing will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of family fun events at the Standley Lake Library at 8485 Kipling St from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Red Rocks Community College Arvada Campus will host a viewing party from 10:30 a.m. a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They’ll have glasses and telescopes and presentations from the Science Department. Plus snacks and music!
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. enjoy the eclipse viewing at Cherry Creek State Park 4201 S Parker Rd They’ll have some glasses available.
The Fiske Planetarium in Boulder is setting up telescopes on the lawn outside the front doors with astronomers on hand to talk about the eclipse. Please note that parking will be almost non-existent because students are moving in. Plan to walk, take a bus, or cab.
Barr Lake State Park at 13401 Picadilly Rd will feature fun experiments and special viewing set ups. Registration required.
The Broomfield Auditorium (which is right next to the library) will be hosting a family friendly event complete with story time, crafts, activities and a live stream of the eclipse starting at 10 a.m. until noon. If you want to skip story time you can go to the Audi for the live stream or to request a pair of safe glasses (while supplies last) but please don’t go before 10:30 a.m. so you don’t disrupt the story telling.
As you would imagine the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will be sponsoring activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. including viewing the eclipse through a safe scope, an exercise class, NASA live stream, crafts and story time, plus a way to safely view the eclipse with mirrors on the southeast atrium.
The Bear Valley Branch Library at 5171 W Dartmouth Ave will have fun solar eclipse events for all ages from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
They’ll be partying at Regis University (Northwest Denver campus at 3333 Regis Blvd) on the grassy commons area. They’ll be handing out glasses, and have telescopes so you can see the eclipse that way too. They’re also going to have astronomers on hand to answer questions. They’re also going to have fun kids activities including solar system making bracelets and projectors. If it’s too cloudy you’ll be able to watch the live stream and parking is free.
Blue Moon RiNo and Alice 105.9 at 3750 Chestnut Pl will get their party started at 10 a.m. – buy an entree and you can get a free beer.
If you have to work during the day but still want to have fun go to Ernie’s Pizza at 2915 W 44th Ave from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and bring a picture of the eclipse to win a prize. They’re featuring $4 black and orange drinks.
Community College of Denver’s Astronomy Department will setup telescopes on the Auraria Campus near the Confluence Building. From 10:24 a.m. to 1:16 p.m. – they’ll also provide glasses.
Declaration Brewing at 2030 S Cherokee St will have a watch party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can get two pairs of viewing glasses and a crowler for $15.
Douglas County Libraries
All Douglas County Libraries including: Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, Roxborough, (but not Louviers because it’s closed until August 25th) will be hosting fun family activities from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – no registration required.
Edgewater Library at 5843 W 25th Ave will host their viewing party from 11:30 .m. to 1:30 p.m.
Meet at the entryway of the Evergreen Library 5000 Co Rd 73 for their viewing event from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and enjoy a presentation by Open Space Astronomy Volunteer Jim Cappa.
The Golden Library at 1019 10th St will host their viewing part from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include the NASA live stream of the eclipse.
Avalanche Harley Davidson at 18425 W Colfax Ave will host a viewing party from 10:23 a.m. to 1:14 p.m. and they’re handing out glasses on Saturday, August 19.
You love bottomless mimosas right? Who doesn’t? Get them at the Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Genesee Pub & BBQ at 25948 Genesee Trail Rd where they’ll also have a New Orleans Style Breakfast all for $15 and glasses for sale as well.
Belmar Library at 555 S Allison Pkwy will feature family friendly activities from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will also have a member from the Denver Astronomical Society on hand to talk about the eclipse and its history.
There’s tons of fun at the Lakewood Library at 10200 W 20th Ave from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. where they’ll have the NASA live stream, plus arts and crafts projects and presentations on the facts about the solar eclipse.
Redrocks Community College Lakewood Campus is hosting a watch party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. where they’ll have glasses and telescopes for you to use plus presentations from the Science Department. They’ll also have snacks and music on hand. Events will take place on the south lawn.
The Columbine Library has temporarily located to 8055 W Bowles Ave and will be hosting solar eclipse viewing events for the whole family from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Chatfield State Park is sponsoring a big party from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. where they’ll have a special astronomy program from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They’ll also have telescopes and glasses available. Meet at the Campground Amphitheater.
The Anythink York Street Library at 8990 York St will host their eclipse viewing party from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – please note the party is outside because the library is normally closed on Mondays – and you can make a necklace or enjoy a solar cookie.
Visit the Anythink Huron Street Library at 9417 Huron St starting at 10:30 a.m. when the eclipse begins and the complete eclipse will occur at 11:47 a.m.
The Wheat Ridge Library at 5475 W 32nd Ave will have family activities including numerous craft projects and one where you can bling out your solar eclipse viewing glasses! If you don’t have glasses they’ll feature the live stream as well. Don’t miss out – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.