It seems as though the entire country has gone crazy about the solar eclipse set to occur on the 21st of August 2017. Some parts of the country will see an almost total eclipse, while others like the Pasadena area will only see a partial eclipse. Despite this, unless you plan to travel all the way to Oregon, the eclipse will still be amazing. The good news is that there are a number of places in the San Gabriel Valley that offer a solid view, many of which are hosting special fun and educational events at the same time.
One thing you can be sure of, thousands of people will be turning out for these events, meaning the streets around them are likely to be packed. So, whether you are looking for somewhere to view the eclipse from or simply want to know what streets to avoid, we have put together a list of these places. The eclipse is expected to start at around 9:05 a.m. hitting its zenith at 10:21 a.m. and ending at 11:44 a.m. Bear in mind you need to use special eclipse viewing glass and not sunglasses, a pinhole camera, or a special solar telescope to safely view the eclipse. If you have never made a pinhole camera, NASA has published a set of instructions here.
The Beckman Mall
Hosted by Cal Tech, this free event starts at 9:30 a.m. this event includes free glasses, access to telescopes, and astronomers to explain the eclipse.
Randall Planetarium at Mt. San Antonio College
Starting at 8:45 a.m. the college will provide the public with a safe viewing location for free, including a free program covering eclipses.
Mount Wilson Observatory
Use the observatory’s telescopes or bring your own solar glasses to this event that starts at 8:45 a.m.
Hacienda Heights Library (626-968-9356), Diamond Bar Library (909-861-4978), Temple City Library (626-285-2136), Monrovia Public Library (626-256-8274) and several others will all be hosting their own solar eclipse viewing events. Be sure to call each of these libraries for more information.
For those who don’t mind making the drive over to Los Angeles, the Griffith Observatory is also going to be hosting a free event for members of the public to view the solar eclipse. This event is scheduled to start at 9:05 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m. You may not bring your own telescope but the gift shop will open for the sale of solar glasses and viewers. Since this event is expected to be crowded, parking is expected to be severely limited.
To get to the observatory, you should come prepared to have to walk uphill or better yet why not use the DASH Observatory bus that runs from the Metro Vermont/Sunset Red Line Station. The bus will be running earlier than usual to accommodate the event and expected crowds. This is a once in a lifetime event and one that should not be missed. Be sure to leave early for anywhere you plan to go in order to get a good view of the eclipse.