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Local Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties

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The eclipse will be visible in the Reno area from about 9:04 a.m. until 11:43 a.m. on August 21st.

83% of the sun will be blocked at its peak which is expected at about 10:20 a.m. 

Hundreds gathered at Rancho San Rafael Park to view the solar event. Patrica Burrett is a local Reno woman who brought here camera equipped with a solar lens to share with people at the park.

"It's a once in a lifetime experience for a lot of people," said Burrett. "It's nice to share and get their reactions."

Jennifer Barker is a parent who turned the eclipse into a learning experience for her kids.

"This is something you'll only see once in your lifetime, it's hard to stress to a five year old, but I think they really appreciated it," said Barker.

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Viewing Parties:

  • The Discovery Museum will be holding an event that morning including showing the live stream of the total eclipse from other parts of the country. They are giving away glasses to the first 300 people that arrive starting at 9:00 a.m. Details here
  • The Nevada Conservation League is hosting a viewing party at Rancho San Rafael Park. You are asked to bring your own viewing glasses. More details here
  • Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is having a viewing party at their office in Idlewild Park beginning at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Western Nevada College's Jack C. Davis Observatory on the Carson City Campus will open from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. so the public can catch a better view of the eclipse. They'll also be streaming video from one or more sites that are in the path of totality on their big screens in the observatory. Find out more here
  • Channel 2 News This Morning & CBS This Morning will be previewing the eclipse and speaking with experts start at 4:30 a.m. Monday. Then from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. there will be special coverage from Carbondale, Illinois, including a visit with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. 

If your child is in school on Monday, several school districts are planning on holding their own viewing parties. 

  • Monday August 21st happens to be the first day of school for the Carson City School District. They tell us that they plan on bringing their elementary school students outside to view the solar eclipse at its peak and learn more about the science behind it. They have purchased glasses for the kids to wear. If you have a student in middle school or high school check with their teacher to see what they have planned for Monday and if they need to bring their own glasses.
  • Washoe County School District will also be bringing their students outside to witness the eclipse. They partnered with the Fleischmann Planetarium to get glasses for everyone. 
  • Douglas County says they will not be providing glasses district wide but in the past teachers have brought glasses in and have held special lessons on the eclipse. They recommend you check with your child's teacher to see if they should bring their own glasses. 
  • Channel 2 has reached out to the Lyon County School District. 

If you know of any other viewing parties happening please let us know by emailing producers@ktvn.com. 

Getting Glasses: 

You will need special glasses to view the solar eclipse safely. 

  • The Fleischmann Planetarium has currently sold out of glasses. We've inquired about them receiving another shipment and will update this story when we know more. 
  • The Discovery Museum is giving away 300 pairs to the first people that arrive at the Discovery starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday. Read more here
  • Washoe County Libraries had glasses but they tell us that they have run out. 
  • Douglas County Libraries has recalled all of the glasses they gave out. If you received a pair, throw them away. They're not safe. Details here
  • If you're looking for glasses for your school-age child please check the list above to see if your school district is providing glasses. 
  • If you'd like to order some online, check this list of reputable suppliers

NASA has an interactive map that shows the viewing path across the country: 

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