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Total Solar Eclipse Watch Parties Happening Around Philly

Whether a seasoned stargazer or a first-time eclipse viewer, be prepared for an afternoon celestial celebration!

On Monday, April 8th, families across the continent will have the opportunity to make some core memories that are out of this world, literally! A total solar eclipse will cut across Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, throwing the sky into darkness for nearly four astronomically exciting minutes (though the entire eclipse will last for about two and a half hours).

Philly is expected to reach over 90 percent totality, meaning that, weather permitting, we’ll have an excellent opportunity to see the moon block the sun (with protective eye coverings, of course). This level of coverage in the Philly area won’t happen again until 2078, so make the most out of the experience with these special viewing family friendly events happening across the region! 

How to Protect Your Family During the Solar Eclipse

Make sure to take proper safety precautions, such as wearing eclipse glasses (regular sunglasses won’t cut it!) or try crafting your own handheld solar viewer (see below). Looking directly without protection can cause serious eye damage, even through a phone, camera or binoculars. Consider keeping young eyes indoors.

If your family would like to learn more about the science behind solar eclipses, our team recommends giving this podcast from NPR a listen, The weird and wonderful sensations of viewing a total solar eclipse.


Calendar Editor & Writer for Bucks County Parent. Email tips to christine@familyfocus.org.