Want to watch the solar eclipse at a viewing party? Here is where you can go in Orange County – Orange County Register

For Orange County, the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 won’t be a complete blackout, but it will still be something to see.

While day won’t become night, the moon will seem to cover 60 percent of the sun. The peak of the eclipse will be at about 10:20 a.m.

“It is going to look like the moon took a bite out of the sun,” said Jerome Fang, an astronomy instructor at Orange Coast College.

OCC will be among those hosting viewing parties throughout Orange County, with eight solar telescopes set up in its parking lot off of Adams Street for the public.

“It helps connect us, the people on earth, with what is happening up there in the sky,” Feng said. “We can get kind of disconnected.”

It is not safe to view the eclipse without taking special measures, such as using special, filtered glasses or peering through a solar telescope. Sunglasses aren’t enough; your eyes can be seriously damaged by the sunlight.

Don’t have the special glasses or a solar telescope?

You can make a pinhole projector to watch the shadow of the eclipse, with your back to the sun.


Here are places around the county hosting viewing parties, with most offering telescopes and/or filtered glasses. Some will live-stream the eclipse.

  • The Placentia Library, 411 E. Chapman Ave., will host a party from 9 to 11:45 a.m. with eclipse viewing glasses, solar treats and crafts. Information: PlacentiaLibrary.org
  • The Orange Public Library & History Center’s starts at 10 a.m. with glasses for viewing. There will also be a live-stream of the eclipse inside the community room. Information: cityoforange.org
  • Orange Coast College’s astronomy department’s party will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the west side of the Adams Parking Lot, between Fairview Road and Harbor Boulevard. An expected eight solar telescopes will be available. Parking will be free. Information: orangecoastcollege.edu
  • The La Palma Library will offer snacks and activities starting at 10 a.m. Information: 714-523-8585
  • The Garden Grove Main Branch Library will have a supply of safety glasses for a viewing party starting at 10 a.m. Visitors will be able to make a pinhole viewer and other crafts and watch a live-stream of the eclipse. Information: 714-530-0711
  • At Anaheim’s Central Branch, 500 W. Broadway, the viewing party will start at 10 a.m. with activities and crafts.
  • At Anaheim’s Canyon Hills Branch, 400 Scout Trail, a viewing party will start at 9 a.m. with crafts and activities.
  • Near San Juan Capistrano, telescopes with…

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