Daily Bulletin: Eclipse Events

Julanne Hohbach

Central Ohio has a full-blown case of eclipse fever. Even though the region won’t get to experience a total eclipse, many venues are holding special events Aug. 21 to view the space oddity. 

Some schools and districts have purchased eclipse glasses for students and staff members to view the event, including Worthington City School District and some buildings in Hilliard City School District. 

NASA and other organizations are stressing safety for those viewing the eclipse. Prevent Blindness offers tips to prevent vision damage at preventblindness.org/solar-eclipse-and-your-eyes. The American Astronomical Society provides guidance on finding certified eclipse glasses at eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.

The eclipse will be visible in our region between 1:04 to 3:52 p.m., with the peak at 2:30 p.m.

Here’s a sampling of scheduled watch parties:

  • The COSI Solar Eclipse Celebration is a free communitywide effort taking place at COSI as well as eight Metro Parks, all 23 branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Easton and Land Grant Brewing Co. COSI representatives will assist with viewing and hands-on experiments. Glasses will be distributed at all locations starting at 1 p.m. Watch a livestream on COSI’s website from 1-3 p.m. Learn more at cosi.org/eclipse.
  • The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology will host a free all-ages viewing event with Michael Stamatikos, an assistant professor in the Ohio State University at Newark Department of Physics, Department of Astronomy and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particles Physics. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in The Works’ LeFevre Courtyard, 55 S. First St., Newark. Glasses will be sold for $1.

To learn more about the eclipse, go to eclipse2017.nasa.gov or eclipse.aas.org.