Millions of eyes will be on the sky this Monday and for good reason. For the first time in more than 30 years, the United States will be the hot spot for a total solar eclipse.
The path of totality will pass just south of Ohio, but that doesn’t mean the event is a total washout. The moon will still cover 80 to 90 percent of the sun from our vantage point, making Ohio a great place to see this celestial treat.
NASA created a fantastic interactive map that shows exactly what time the eclipse will happen by dropping a pin on the location of your choice. For Northeast Ohio, the eclipse will start at about 1PM and end close to 3PM. The best time to see the eclipse will be at roughly 2:30PM.
Where to Watch
Attend a watch party
The eclipse is almost as exciting as watching the Cavs win the NBA Championship in 2016, so it’s no wonder Northeast Ohio will be littered with eclipse watch parties Monday afternoon. WKSU created a list of watch parties happening Monday, check out their list to find a watch party near you!
Watch at a park or at home
If you want a more private viewing, then you can always watch it from a park, or even your back yard! If you choose the park route, I’d suggest going to Howe Meadow or The Ledges Shelter in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Both have huge grassy areas to lay in. Bring a blanket, pack a lunch and don’t forget to wear your eclipse glasses to protect your eyes! As for me, I plan to be at Mogadore Reservoir on a stand up paddle board. If you’re in or around Kent, you’re totally welcome to join me on the water this Monday. If you can’t make it, no worries. I plan to share a post about my eclipse experience, complete with photos, on Friday 😉
Watch it online
Okay, the reality is majority of you have a job or are in school, so watching the eclipse in the middle of a Monday afternoon may not be possible- but don’t feel like you have to miss out! Thankfully, NASA will have a live video stream starting at 1PM called Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA. Even though you might be trapped in a post lunch meeting, you can still enjoy the eclipse online.
I’m beyond excited to see this solar eclipse, and I hope you can find the perfect place to watch that also fits with your Monday schedule. I look forward to seeing your photos and hearing your stories on social media!
*Photos in this post were found on the NASA website and are not my own.