Watch the solar eclipse on Monday

This afternoon, a rare total solar eclipse will be visible to millions across the country.

While Minnesota isn’t on the path to view the total eclipse, Minnesotans will be able to see a partial eclipse — if the weather cooperates.

The eclipse is scheduled to peak around 2 p.m.

Here are some events in the Metro where you can watch the partial eclipse:

  • The Bell Museum in St. Paul is hosting an eclipse celebration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event will include solar-focused activities, a live stream and more.
  • Bethel University in St. Paul is hosting a viewing event from 12:45-3:15 p.m. You can view the eclipse from a telescope with a solar filter or a pair of eclipse glasses.
  • The Science Musem of Minnesota in St. Paul is hosting an eclipse viewing party from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium will be hosting a viewing party from 12:45-2:30 p.m. in the Balas Atrium in Akerman Hall at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
  • Dakota County Parks will host a viewing party from 12-4 p.m. at Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings. A limited number of eclipse glasses will be available. There will also be planned activities and food trucks.

Events outside the Metro:

  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting an event at Wild River State Park in Chisago County. You can view the eclipse with a safe telescope and solar sunglasses between 1-3 p.m.
  • There will be a viewing party at Northfield Public Library from 1-2:15 p.m. You can bring a cardboard box to make an eclipse viewer, but there will also be eclipse glasses available.
  • Minnesota Historical Society is hosting an event at Jeffers Petroglyphs in Comfrey from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. You can view the eclipse through a solar-filtered telescope or eclipse glasses.

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Click here for solar eclipse safety tips from NASA.

If you can’t make an event, you will be able to watch a live stream of the eclipse in the video player above.

On Monday morning, Stearns County announced the viewing party planned for Mississippi River County Park has now been canceled due to poor weather conditions.