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The Great American Eclipse of 2017 in Maryland

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On August 21, 2017 – for the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States. In Maryland we have  prime viewing areas for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Make your plans to witness 80 percent of the sun covered during the eclipse. On the East Coast, the eclipse will start shortly after 1:00 p.m. and reach totality just before 3:00 p.m.

Remember, you will need solar glasses or a filter to safely view the eclipse; never look directly at the sun without a filter as it can cause damage to your eyes.  For more information on how to safely view the eclipse, visit NASA’s eclipse safety page.

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1Maryland Science Center Viewing Party – Baltimore

The Maryland Science Center’s Observatory is hosting a watch party from 12:00 p.m .to 4:00 p.m. on August 21st.  With paid admission to the center, eclipse watchers will have access to safe viewing and sun-themed activities.

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2Solar Eclipse Viewing at Calvert Library (Prince Frederick)

Take in the breath-taking sights from 10:00am – 4:00pm at the Calvert Library in Prince Frederick.  Fun and educational viewing experiences combined with protective glasses (first come first serve) make this a prime location in Southern Maryland.

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Point Lookout State Park

3″Dark Sky” Parks

Dark Sky sites are areas with very little to no surrounding artificial light or light pollution that are promoted to help encourage astronomy. Maryland has two Dark Sky locations, Tuckahoe State Park in Queen Anne and Point Lookout State Park in Scotland, which are perfect to view the eclipse.

There are other state parks that span the entire state, so even if you can’t make it to a Dark Sky site - find a park near you.

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4Solar Eclipse Party at Black Hill Nature Programs – Montgomery County

Join fellow eclipse viewers in Boyds, Maryland, at the Black Hill Nature Programs Center for a free viewing party.  All ages are welcome as they will have eclipse glasses available and other viewing devices as well.


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5Zip the Eclipse – Montgomery County

Watch the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon from the trees.  Head out to the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School August 21, 2017 and you’ll snag a free pair of eclipse glasses as your zip through the air.  Adventure park will also have HD glasses available for sale.

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6Solar Eclipse Cruise – Annapolis

Watch the Great American Eclipse from the water and set sail from Annapolis.  Departing at 1:30 p.m. and returning at 3:30 p.m. – guests will receive solar glasses and an eclipse cupcake.  There will be a cash bar for those who choose to imbibe with a selection of craft beer, wine, bubbly and a specialty cocktail for the occasion.

With a maximum of 45 guests per boat - book as soon as possible. $54 for adults and $37 for children.

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7James E. Richmond Science Center Solar Eclipse Party – Waldorf

Watch the rare solar eclipse from the parking lot with telescopes projecting the eclipse onto the ground for safe viewing.  Solar glasses will be available for $1 as well as pastries, iced coffee drinks, and ice cream.

This is a free event with no registration required.

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8Solar Eclipse Day – Baltimore

Join fellow eclipse watchers at Port Discovery on Solar Eclipse Day to prepare for this rare astronomical event before it takes place. Learn the science behind this exciting natural phenomenon, create solar eclipse art, and join in celestial activities.

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9Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Event (Assateague Visitor Center)

Join other astromy-lovers at the Assateague Visitor Center for this once-in-a-lifetime event which also happens to be an official NASA Satellite viewing location.

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Arbutus Library

10Celebrate the Solar Eclipse

Enjoy arts, crafts, and demonstrations along with the first solar eclipse since 1979 at the Arbutus Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library system.

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11Montgomery County Public Library Solar Eclipse Events

With more than a half dozen events spanning across many of the Montgomery County Public Libraries – solar eclipse viewers of all ages can take advantage of crafts, storytime, fun sing-alongs, and much more.

Solar viewing glasses will be available, but in short supply.  Pre-registration is required for some of the events.

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