Are you ready for the upcoming solar eclipse? Here are some tips about where to go in Lancaster County to enjoy the experience!
For some enthusiastic celebrations of the Solar Eclipse, you have a couple of options here in Lancaster County. The first is happening at Muddy Run Park from noon to 4 p.m. on August 21st. The location is the Muddy Run Observatory at 172 Bethesda Church Road West in Holtwood, PA. You’ll be able to view the eclipse through solar telescopes or through a limited number of solar eyeglasses, and, there will be children’s activities! There is no cost to attend this event.
You can find details at bit.ly/MRPEclipse or by calling 717-284-5856.
In addition to that, you can check out the Solar Eclipse Spectacular at the North Museum at 400 College Ave in Lancaster. Here, you can observe the eclipse through telescopes with filters, on projections, through glasses available for purchase (although they may be sold out), or live broadcasts from NASA and SciDome staff. There will also be hands-on activities, a sun dial display, and planetarium shows in the SciDome Theater based around the sun, moon, and eclipses. This event is on August 21st running from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Tickets are $9 for adults, and $8 for kids ages 3-17 and seniors ages 65 and up. You can add tickets to the SciDome Theater for an additional $4. Details are at northmuseum.org or by calling 717-358-3941.
Check out the eclipse programming at four local libraries:
Eastern Lancaster County Library in New Holland will have an eclipse program Monday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. with glasses first come first serve.
Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy will have an eclipse viewing party Monday, Aug. 21, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Bring a lunch, lawn chairs, umbrellas or just a blanket for the front lawn. Solar glasses are available while supplies last. Donations are requested.
Ephrata Public Library has a Solar Eclipse Party with NASA Solar System Ambassador Ed Pinero, Monday, Aug. 21, 2 p.m.Educational activities, interpretive dance, a live stream of the solar eclipse across the nation plus solar themed refreshments. Viewing glasses provided to those who register.
Lancaster Public Library has two programs that will include glasses. Leap into Science: So You See What I See? is Thursday, Aug. 17, 6 p.m. Families will play with light by shining it through objects, bouncing it off of shiny surfaces and blocking it to create shadows. There will be a station on the solar eclipse showing how the moon blocks the light from the sun.
Leap into Science: So You See What I See? is another program about the eclipse Monday, Aug. 21 starting at 10:30 a.m.