It’s almost time.  On August 21, 2017, Ohio will experience a partial solar eclipse.  Anyone who wants to view the solar eclipse should wear special eye protection, as looking directly in at the sun can cause damage and blindness.

At no time anywhere in Ohio will it be safe to observe the sun directly!

The eclipse will begin approximately at 1:07 pm, depending where you are located in Ohio.
2:31pm the eclipse reaches maximum coverage and 3:52pm the eclipse ends.  Viewing the eclipse also depends on the weather.

Learn more about the upcoming eclipse as well as what protective eye gear you will need to view the event hereECLIPSE 101 – NASA

Below are just a few of the solar eclipse events happening around Ohio.


Eclipse Viewing Party
Kingsville Public Library
6006 Academy St., Kingsville Township
A solar eclipse viewing party will be 1:45 p.m. Special glasses that allow safe viewing of the eclipse will be available. In case of overcast skies, live streaming video of the event, provided by NASA, will be shown.


Stellar Eclipse Weekend
Dates:  August 19-21, 2017
Location:  Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, OH  44114
Join Great Lakes Science Center and NASA Glenn Research Center for a Stellar Eclipse Weekend, Saturday, August 19 through Monday, August 21!

In collaboration with the NASA Glenn Research Center, we’ll be celebrating the amazing solar eclipse that will be visible across the United States on Monday, August 21, with a whole weekend of hands-on activities, special demonstrations, simulcast eclipse coverage from around the country on NASA TV and even an outdoor sun salutations yoga session.

Solar Eclipse 
Date:  August 21, 2017 | 1PM
Location:  Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH  44106
The Museum’s Ralph Mueller Observatory will be open for viewing the eclipse on Monday, August 21 from 1 to 4pm, weather permitting. We’ll observe the sun by projecting an image onto a screen through the Museum’s 3½ inch finder telescope (the Museum’s 10½ inch refractor telescope yields a field of view that is far too narrow to encompass the entire solar disk and will not be employed for this event). We will also have safe viewing glasses on hand for visitors’ use.

Solar Eclipse Event
Date:  August 21, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  Edgewater Park, Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland, OH
Admission: FREE
Come to the beach and enjoy the first total solar eclipse across the United States in 38 years! There will be family friendly activities and a nature table display. We’ll enjoy the sand, the sun and the moon!


Great American Eclipse
Date:  August 21, 2017 | 1PM – 4PM
Location:  Defiance Reservior, Jackson Ave., Defiance, OH 43512
Join us on Monday August 21st as we experience a partial solar eclipse at the Defiance Reservoir!
Did you know Defiance, Ohio will receive 87% of the solar eclipse?! Well it will!! We want you to have front row seats!
Starting at 1:01 the eclipse will slowly begin.
At 2:27pm the area will see 87% of the solar eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun.
At 3:57 the historic solar eclipse is over.
75 pairs of Eclipse Viewing Glasses will be available at the Reservoir that day. First come first serve! *Be sure to wear approved eclipse viewing glasses to avoid eye damage.


Partial Eclipse Party 
Date:  August 21, 2017 | Noon – 4:00 PM
Location:  Observatory Park – Geauga Park District
10610 Clay Street, Montville, OH 44064
Observatory Park is your family’s headquarters for safe daytime viewing of the awesome partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 – and this is awesome astronomical event you won’t want to miss. The next time anything close occurs, when a total eclipse crosses through Northeast Ohio, won’t be till April 2024!

Visitation of your International Dark Sky Park in Montville Township from noon to 4 p.m. the day of the eclipse will allow you to get your eyes and hands on a variety of safe sun-viewing equipment including:
• Eclipse-viewing goggles
• Pinhole viewers
• A mirror projecting an image of the sun into our darkened observatory
• Several telescopes for viewing magnified images of the eclipse
• A binocular-projection station
• A “snapshot station” where you can take your own photos of the eclipse
• A radio telescope that allows you to listen to the sun
Maximum eclipse effects will be visible about 2:30 p.m., and trust us, they will be cool. More than half of our brilliant sun will be covered!


Kids’ Eclipse Afterparty!
Date:  August 21, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location:  Eastlake Public Library
36706 Lake Shore Blvd., Eastlake, OH 44095


Great American Solar Eclipse
Hosted by: The Central Ohio Astronomical Society
Date:  August 21, 2017 | 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location:  The Dawes Arboretum
7770 Jacksontown Rd., Newark, OH  43056
Facebook event page.
Description: Join COAS and Dawes Arboretum as we experience the wonders of the Great American 2017 Solar Eclipse! Come and learn about the eclipse and view it in a safe manner. Special telescopes will be provided along with special viewing glasses that will allow us to watch the eclipse in a manner that is totally safe. We will be at the main grounds at Dawes. Just follow the posted signs to the viewing area. Bring your friends and family and experience something amazing and very rare!


Solar Eclipse Party 
Date:  August 21, 2017 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location:  Blesser Park
32800 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, OH
Join us on Monday, August 21st at Bleser Park as we observe an amazing solar phenomenon: a partial solar eclipse. We will have local astronomers and representatives from NASA on hand. Solar glasses will be provided. The event will run from 1-4pm so stop by anytime (the eclipse will peak around 2:30pm)!


Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing
Date:  August 21, 2017 | 1PM – 4PM
Location:  MetroParks Farm
7574 Coumbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH  44406
330.533.7572 | website
Description: Stop out at the MetroParks Farm for an exciting opportunity to learn about and hopefully take a peek at this special solar event. We’re not on the path of the full eclipse, so safe viewing of the partial eclipse is very limited (no one should ever look directly at the sun). But Dr.Durell and friends from the Ward Beecher Planetarium at Youngstown State will have plenty of expertise to share, as well as a limited amount of “filtered” viewing options for visitors to peek through.

Eclipse Viewing
Date:  August 21, 2017 | 1PM – 4PM
Location: Youngstown State Campus – west side of Ward Beecher Science Hall (by Moser Hall)
Glasses will be available for spectators to use at the viewing table.



Solar Eclipse Event
Date:  August 21, 2017 | Noon – 4:00 PM
Location:  Medina County Park District – Wolf Creek Environmental Center
6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Center, OH (use Wadsworth on GPS units)
Description: Stop by to view the eclipse and participate in a variety of sunrelated


Solar Eclipse Program
Date:  August 15, 2017 | 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location:   Senior Center
195 Concord Ave., Put-in-Bay
419.285.5501 | Miller Ferry website
A solar eclipse will sweep across the country on August 21. Erie Islands Library will proudly present NASA Ambassador and islander, Gene Zajac, for a program on the eclipse. The eclipse will cross the United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Zajac will inform us how to safely view the eclipse and some fun facts about total eclipses. FREE eclipse safety glasses will be distributed to everyone who attends. All ages welcome! After the program, glasses will be available upon request at the library.


Summer Sky & Solar Eclipse 
Date:  August 16, 2017 | 7PM
Location:  Portage County District Library
10482 South St., Garretsville, OH  44231
Admission: FREE
Facebook event page.
What are a few of the highlights of the summer sky in this region? James Guilford, Director of the Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College, will share a presentation on the summer sky and the Great American Eclipse on August 21 of this year. Learn about the best times and viewing options that our summer sky offers for this event. Call 330-527-4378 for registration or more information.

Great American Eclipse Viewing
Date:  August 21, 2017 | 1PM – 4PM
Location:  Reed Memorial Library
167 E Main St., Ravenna, OH 44266
Admission: FREE
Facebook event page.
Join us to view the Great American Eclipse.
Telescopes and safe glasses will be provided.


Eclipse Watch
McKinley National Memorial Plaza

Date: August 21, 2017 | 1PM-4PM
Location: McKinley Presidential Tomb and Library Museum
800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW, Canton, Ohio 44708
(330) 455-7043 |
At 2:30pm, 90% of the sun will be hidden behind the moon. Come on down and watch free of charge.


Solar Eclipse Celebration: Nature Realm
Date:  August 21, 2017 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron, OH  44313
Solar Eclipse Celebration: Liberty Park
Date:  August 21, 2017 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Twinsburg Ledges Area, 9999 Liberty Park, Twinsburg. OH
Join a naturalist and astronomy volunteers to celebrate the celestial event of the year. Stop by the visitors center any time between 1:30 and 3:30 for eclipse viewing, hands-on activities and an educational presentation.

Total Eclipse Viewing Party
Date:  August 21, 2017 | Noon – 4PM
Location:  Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 S High Street, Akron, OH  44326
Admission: FREE
Facebook event page. 
12-1pm: Eclipse information, safety discussion, and eclipse glasses distribution


Solar Exclipse
Date:  August 21, 2017 | 1PM – 3:51PM
Location:  Wayne County Public Library
220 W Liberty Street, Wooster, OH  44691
Facebook event page.
Stop by the Children’s Department to celebrate the Solar Eclipse. Crafts and activities will be available all day. The eclipse begins at 1:06 PM, reaches its maximum at 2:30 PM, and is over at 3:51 PM. Make sure to visit at 2 o’clock for a special Solar Eclipse viewing party.