5 Solar Eclipse Viewing Events in the Twin Cities

September 04, 2017 02:37 PM

In case you've been in the dark, a solar eclipse will take over the sky midday across the country. 

Monday's eclipse will cut a 70-mile-wide path of totality across the country, when the moon moves between Earth and the sun, blocking it for as much as 2 1/2 minutes. It's the first coast-to-coast full eclipse since 1918. In this neck of the woods, the eclipse is expected to begin at 11:43 a.m., to peak at 1:06 p.m. and end by 2:28 p.m.

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Here are five ways you can experience the event:

1. Science Museum Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

The Science Museum of Minnesota will celebrate the solar eclipse on Monday with hands-on activities and viewing parties on its terraces and in its Big Back Yard, the museum says in a release. 

RELATED: KSTP's Guide to the Total Solar Eclipse

The event goes on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Per the release, visitors are invited to enjoy eclipse-themed activities and make-and-take projects. They'll learn what an eclipse is, discover why it looks different depending on your location in North America, see a live stream of eclipse videos from around the country, meet NASA Solar System Ambassadors and explore other space-related fun.

2. Brains On! Eclipse Viewing Party

More than 300 curious kids and their adults will attend an eclipse party on Monday, hosted by the Brains On! podcast at Minnesota Public Radio headquarters (The Kling Public Media Center) in downtown St. Paul.

Attendees will have the opportunity to make pinhole projectors and dance to a specially curated moon/sun playlist for an astronomically fun dance party. Kid friendly snacks and a limited supply of eclipse glasses also will be provided. The event goes from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at 480 Cedar St. in St. Paul.

3. Hennepin County Library Viewing Events

Per the Hennepin County Library: Hennepin County Library is turning the Monday, August 21, partial solar eclipse into an out-of this-world event, with viewing parties at 11 libraries, and STEM programming for kids and teens. 

Thanks to a grant from StarNET, those libraries will have eclipse glasses for participants to use at their events. Note: Eclipse viewing glasses are available only to participants in library programs on the day of the eclipse. Because supplies are limited, families may be asked to share.

RELATED: View an Interactive NASA Eclipse Map 

The eclipse is expected to begin at 11:43 a.m., to peak at 1:06 p.m., and end by 2:28 p.m. Look for more news on the Hennepin County Library website at hclib.org

4. Ramsey County Libraries Solar Eclipse Viewings

Not to be outdone, Ramsey County libraries will also host viewing parties. 

The county's library system will hold six events, the information about which can be found here.

5. Sun Country Solar Eclipse Flight

Okay, so this one is a bit of a tease because the flight is sold out. But the idea is cool. Sun Country Airlines is flying eclipse-gazers to Grand Island, Nebraska, Monday morning "for the ultimate total solar eclipse viewing experience."

The airfare includes transportation to and from the viewing site at Stuhr Museum for their Gem Over the Prairie Eclipse Event. The flight returns to MSP at 6:15 p.m. Again, the flight is booked. But for those curious, airfare was going for $349 per person in coach class and $499 per person in first class. 

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