Well ATL, on Monday, August 21, 2017, we have a date! I’m so excited, that we will have a chance to witness a total solar eclipse (the first one since 1979). In plain English, a total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and the Moon fully blocks the sun. The “path of totality” will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. This will be an unforgettable experience that will last for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds. (Only nature could create an experience like that, in that amount of time:)
*The partial eclipse will reach Atlanta around 2:36 pm
There is so much information on this topic: where to see it, what can I expect, how to protect my eyes, where should I buy my glasses. Don’t worry ATL, I will try to condense the info, for the ones who suffer from short attention span (like me). Below I have all the information you will need, to enjoy this fascinating experience.
Here’s where to find free eclipse-viewing glasses. http://www.ajc.com/news/local/where-get-your-free-eclipse-glasses/3h1A7j0YxPjZ1vFFUiS32N/
Places where you can buy glasses: http://www.cbs46.com/story/36081169/where-to-buy-glasses-for-the-solar-eclipse
Places to watch the eclipse:
Georgia State University, Time: 1–4 pm. Free eclipse glasses are available while supplies last. Visitors can come to 25 Park Plaza to see close-up views of the sun before, during and after the eclipse using telescopes.
Fernbank Science Center, Time: Noon-4 pm. The Fernbank Science Center will set up filtered telescopes outside and pass around eclipse glasses for safe viewing. The planetarium will also host programs throughout the day. Admission is free, and astronomers will be on site to explain the science behind the phenomenon.
Woodruff Park, 2-4 pm. The first 200 people will get a FREE pair solar eclipse glasses to view the celestial event of the century! We’ll have a pop-up library with books available for check out, games, music, and more! We’ll be playing a space-inspired playlist.
Chattahoochee Nature Center, Time: 2-3 pm. Chattahoochee Nature Center will be providing eclipse glasses while supplies last.
Tellus Science Museum, Time: 1-4 pm. Inside the Tellus theater, you can watch a live video of the eclipse with Tellus astronomer David Dundee and WSB-TV meteorologist Glenn Burns. Outside, you can safely see the eclipse in the observatory and on the museum lawn using smaller telescopes. This event is free for museum members, but non-members will have to pay regular admission. You can also purchase eclipse glasses from the Tellus store.
University of West Georgia, Time: 1-4:30 pm. You can observe the eclipse from inside the university’s observatory. According to a press release, UWG is providing 10,000 eclipse glasses to its students and 20,000 glasses to Carrollton and Carroll public school students.
**And if you want to experience the eclipse event adult style:
Bistro Niko, 3344 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta. 12:30 pm. Beginning at 12:30 p.m., the patio will provide guests with a lively front-row seat to 2 minutes and 20 seconds of sunless sky, complete with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and specially priced wines.
O-Ku Atlanta, 1085 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta. 1:00 pm to 05:00 pm. the rooftop patio for the official viewing party! Starting at 1 p.m., grab your friends and head out to the roof and ring in the FIRST total solar eclipse. While you’re here, sip on our LTO Solar frosé – a ‘dark moon’ version of our regular frosé cocktail (available Monday only!) – and a full bar, of course.
PURE Taqueria Roswell, 1143 Alpharetta St. Roswell. 2-11 pm. Rooftop viewing party will offer $3 Moon Shots, $5.99 Lunar Margaritas and $6.99 Black Out Margaritas.
Southern Art & Bourbon Bar , 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. Will offer a 2-for-1 special on appetizers all day long, as well as a specialty “Solar Eclipse” cocktail – featuring orange soda, Four Roses and dark cherry juice – for $10 on Aug. 21 only.
So Atlanta, that’s all I have so far. Enjoy, have a great solar eclipse experience and above all, be safe!!