Solar Eclipse

This event is in the past
Monday, April 8, 10 am–12 pm
This is an in-person event
All Ages

The following description comes from the event organizer.

Total eclipse (partial in Seattle): On Monday, April 8, 2024, parts of the U.S. will experience a total eclipse. Totality will be visible first in Mexico, then in Texas just after noon, local time. The eclipse will then move northeast through Oklahoma, Missouri, Ohio, New York and Maine, to name just a few of the states, and into Canada. The path of totality is over 100 miles wide, and passes over more cities than the 2017 solar eclipse. Seattle, like many parts of the North America, will see a partial eclipse, starting at 10:39 a.m. and reaching maximum coverage of the sun (20%) at 11:29 a.m. To see what Seattle will observe of this eclipse use the Eclipse Simulator. Find more information on the gov eclipse site. The next total eclipse to cross the continental U.S. will not be until Aug. 12, 2045.

Because the full sun never goes dark during an annular eclipse and because only a partial eclipse will be visible from Seattle during the total eclipse event, you will need special protective glasses or filters for safe viewing.

Free eclipse glasses at Library locations

Starting on Sept. 15, 2023, free eclipse glasses will be available at all 27 locations of The Seattle Public Library. Solar eclipse glasses must be picked up in person at Library locations — no phone call or email reservations will be accepted. The glasses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Please limit glasses to two pairs per family to ensure as many as possible can participate. You can also purchase eclipse glasses online. Be sure to find glasses that are ISO-certified for use during an eclipse. You should not look directly at the sun during either eclipse without eclipse glasses or severe eye damage may occur. Young children should be closely supervised when outdoors during the eclipse.

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