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5 Places to Watch the Solar Eclipse in San Diego

But safety first — don’t forget your eclipse viewing glasses!


The "Great American Solar Eclipse" is happening on August 21.

The U.S. has eclipse fever, and it’s contagious! This Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will cross the country in what National Geographic is calling "the most amazing celestial disappearing act seen [in North America] since 1979." In San Diego, a partial eclipse will be visible from roughly 9 a.m. to noon, with the maximum point of visibility happening at 10:23 a.m. (That is, unless it’s blocked by a lingering marine layer.)

San Diego is out of the path for a total eclipse, but it's still extremely important to view it safely. Follow these guidelines from NASA to avoid permanently damaging your eyes.

Still not sure where to view the eclipse? The following San Diego locations are hosting viewing parties, workshops, and more. But bring your own eclipse glasses – supplies are already low for the astronomy event of the year.

Fleet Science Center

The Fleet is hosting a Great American Eclipse 2017 viewing party, starting at 9 a.m. on Monday. The event is free, outdoor, and open to all ages — but get there early. The Fleet has already sold out of its thousands of eclipse glasses, which could be an indicator that it will be a busy morning in Balboa Park.

A Library

Dozens of library locations around the county are partaking in Sky Party @ The Library, a family-friendly viewing event that includes scavenger hunts and story time. BYO eclipse glasses, since supplies are limited or no longer available. Find a participating location here.

Oceanside Photo and Telescope

The North County telescope retailer will have 10 solar telescopes set up in its parking lot, and anyone’s welcome to come use them for free. But, again — bring your own eclipse glasses, as OPT’s supply is already sold out.

Children’s Discovery Museum

Starting at 10 a.m., the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido is hosting a Solar Eclipse Workshop in its outdoor art studio, where kids can learn about the phenomenon. While it’s not a viewing party, you can still bring your own viewing glasses to watch the eclipse, which will be reaching its peak during the workshop.

NASA Live Stream

If you can’t make it to a viewing event — or simply prefer watching it from the safety of your own home — NASA TV is live-streaming a four-hour eclipse show from multiple locations across the country.  

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