4 Great Locations for Viewing the Solar Eclipse in Duluth

Partial Eclipse Viewing in Duluth

By Dave Grandmaison – Co-Founder & CEO

On Monday, August 21, 2017, North America is going to experience a total eclipse of the sun (i.e., solar eclipse). This awe inspiring event will provide everyone within the path of totality – basically a 70-mile wide swath from Salem, OR to Charleston, SC – the rare opportunity to view the sun’s atmosphere which is also called the corona. For those of us farther from the path of totality, a partial eclipse will be visible in the southern sky. According to NASA, we should see about a 75% eclipse here in Duluth. As long as the weather holds out, we’ll be experiencing this spectacular celestial event between 11:46am and 2:27pm.

No matter where you watch from, don’t permanently damage your eyes! Always use protective glasses when looking at the sun/eclipse. Check out NASA’s safety guidelines and make sure you protect your eyes.

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What is a Solar Eclipse?
Don’t get solar and lunar eclipses confused. A solar eclipse – like the one on August 21st – occurs when the moon moves between the earth and sun, causing a shadow on the Earth’s surface. A lunar eclipse, on the other hand, occurs when the earth moves between the sun and moon and casts its shadow on the moon. Incidentally, the last time a total solar eclipse crossed the United States was on June 8, 1918 and followed a similar path to this Monday’s eclipse. The next solar eclipse won’t come around again until April 8, 2024.

4 Great Locations for Viewing the Solar Eclipse in Duluth

#1 Enger Park

Duluth’s ridge line should provide excellent viewing and Enger Park will be a great option. It’s likely to be a little crowded so get there early. Honestly, anywhere along the hillside should be epic.

#2 Grandma’s Sports Garden

Folks form UMD’s Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium will set up their portable GeoDome Theater at The Sports Garden in Duluth’s Canal Park, where they will show the film “Totality,” before and after the eclipse. A live feed from NASA will be broadcast on the televisions throughout the restaurant. During the partial eclipse – just after 1 pm – UMD will set up a telescope and pass out solar eclipse protective glasses outside the Sports Garden on the harbor side. UMD staff and volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions.

#3 Duluth Public Library

The downtown library is hosting an eclipse watching party from their outdoor plaza. Special eclipse-viewing glasses will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and special eclipse activities will be available.

#4 From a Kayak on Lake Superior

Hey! We’ll be on the water for this event and it’s going to be an even more amazing experience than usual. Everyone on Monday’s Lake Superior Kayak Adventure: Solar Eclipse Edition will get a free set of eclipse glasses for the ultimate eclipse viewing experience. Check out the details for this special Lake Superior Kayak Adventure: Solar Eclipse Edition!

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Are you planning to celebrate Monday’s eclipse? Let us know your favorite eclipse events and viewing locations in the comments below. Cheers!

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