Grab your eclipse glasses and head outside to catch the solar eclipse! The solar eclipse is scheduled to occur on the morning of August 21st, beginning around 9:00am. Here in Seattle Southside, we don’t get a full eclipse like they will down in Oregon, but it will be about 92% coverage! Sure, you could see the eclipse from just about anywhere, but some places will provide a scenic backdrop or a fun/educational event to go along with the eclipse. Here are a few places that should enhance your solar eclipse viewing experience:
The Museum of Flight’s eclipse viewing event is co-sponsored by NASA, and they’ll even have some NASA officials there to answer any questions you might have. NASA's Gulfstream III Science Aircraft will be monitoring the eclipse from Oregon and will land back at the museum later in the morning. Plus, the first 1000 guests get free eclipse viewing glasses, and the museum’s many space and air-focused exhibits provide a great post-eclipse experience.
The Des Moines Library will be hosting a solar eclipse viewing event on their lawn beginning at 9:45am. They’ll have some eclipse viewing glasses to give away, but if you’re going to be late, you’ll have to bring your own.
The beautiful Angle Lake in SeaTac offers a majestic view of the skies above and the lake below. Set up your picnic and blanket and enjoy the show! After the eclipse, the kids will love to swim in the lake, play in the iconic spray-park or run around the playground.
This one’s likely to get a little crowded as space is limited, but could you think of a more scenic backdrop for a solar eclipse? Step out on the pier and feel the fresh breeze from the Puget Sound as you take in the views. After the eclipse, enjoy some fresh seafood at Anthony’s HomePort.
Not only do you get a wonderful opportunity to view the solar eclipse from the south sound’s only planetarium, but there will be pre/post-eclipse presentations in the Science Dome. Not to mention, Lakewood is a bit further south, bringing you closer to the full eclipse at 94% totality!
REMINDER: ISO-certified eclipse viewing glasses are a must if you plan to look directly at the sun.