Where will you be to see the Solar Eclipse in Orange County? On Monday, August 21, this astronomical event will be celebrated at several locations throughout the county. Check out the list below to find a list of viewing parties being hosted throughout Orange County.
Whether you choose to join a viewing party or do your own thing, the most important thing to do is make sure you have the recommended special glasses to protect your eyes from the sun. Most locations are offering filtered safety glasses while supplies last. A few locations will have special solar telescopes available as well as craft stations to create your own ‘pinhole projector’ to view the eclipse safely.
The Eclipse will appear as a partial to us, with the moon covering approximately 60-70% of the sun at the peak around 10:20 am. Most viewing parties are being hosted between 9:00 am and noon and admission is FREE.
Solar Eclipse in Orange County
OCC – OrangeCoastCollege.edu – Party begins at 8:30 am. Parking is FREE, west side parking lot. Eight solar telescopes available.
Placentia Library – Community Meeting Room from 9:00 am – 11:45 am. Viewing glasses, solar treats and crafts provided.
Orange Public Library – Starts at 10:00 am with glasses for viewing. Live-stream also inside the community room.
La Palma Library – Starting at 10:00 am and offering snacks and activities. 714-523-8585
Garden Grove Main Branch Library – Party starts at 10:00 am with a supply of safety glasses. Visitors can also make a pinhole viewer and other crafts or watch a live-stream. 714-530-0711
Anaheim – Central Branch on Broadway starts at 10:00 am with activities and crafts. Canyon Hills Branch on Scout Trail starts at 9:00 am.
OC Parks @ Caspers Wilderness Park on Ortega Highway. From 9:00 am – noon telescopes with special solar filters will be available as well as viewing glasses and hand-held camera filters.
Irvine – Pretend City opens early at 9:15 am with the viewing at 10:00 am. 1st 50 families receive solar viewing glasses to share. Event is FREE with museum admission. Senior Citizens over 65 get 50% off admission.
Santa Ana – The Tessmann Planetarium at the College is hosting a viewing party from 8:30 am – 11:45 am. Two solar telescopes and eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last and a live-stream on the 30 foot dome.
Cal State Fullerton – Event starts at 9:00 am on south side of Dan Black Hall. Will have telescopes and protective glasses for viewing. Also the first day of school, public is encouraged to use public transportation to reach the campus.
Happy Eclipse Viewing!