Solar eclipse: Find a party near you!

Solar eclipse: Find a party near you!

Who doesn’t love a dimly lit party?


Sure, you can watch Monday morning’s eclipse just fine from the privacy of your own yard. But it’s much more fun to join others in the festivities at local parks, libraries and science centers.

What will you see?


At its peak, a light shadow of the moon will cover about 75 percent of the sun. It might just look like a really dark cloud has passed overhead. Imagine a cookie with a piece bitten out of it — expanding until the eclipse’s peak. Then it shrinks and the sun becomes whole again.


WHEN: Here in the Bay Area, we’ll see only a partial solar eclipse. That means it’s only partially awesome. It’ll start at 9:01 a.m., peak at 10:15 a.m. and then diminish, ending at 11:37 a.m.


CAN’T MAKE IT? If it’s foggy or you can’t travel, don’t worry: NASA and The Exploratorium have you covered with a free live stream of the total solar eclipse.


WHERE: All in? Find an event near you! (Did we miss one? Let us know by emailing lkrieger@bayareanewsgroup.com.) Check first to see if they offer glasses.


Alameda County:


Alameda Free Library: 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Berkeley Public Library: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Castro Valley Library parking lot:  9 a.m. – 12 noon


Fremont Library: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Oakland Main Library: 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon


Ohlone College in Fremont, top floor of 5-story parking structure:  8 a.m. – 12 noon.


Contra Costa County:


Danville Library:  10 a.m. – 12 noon


Martinez:  One-mile, moderately strenuous hike to the top of Mount Wanda, sponsored by John Muir National Historic Site. Meet at the parking lot on the intersection of Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road, Martinez (at the Alhambra Avenue exit off Highway 4): 8:30 a.m.


Pleasant Hill Library:  9:30 a.m. – 12 noon


Pleasanton Library:  8:30 a.m. – 12 noon


Santa Clara County


Cupertino Library:  10 a.m. – 12 noon


Milpitas Library: 8 a.m. – 12 noon.


NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View: Public registration for the viewing event is full, but a live stream showing the eclipse from multiple locations, including within the path of totality, will be streamed at nasa.gov/eclipselive starting at 9 a.m.


Palo Alto City Library, Mitchell Park: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo: 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


San Jose, Evergreen Library: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.


San Jose, Houge Park: 9 a.m. – 12 noon


San Mateo County


College of San Mateo, Plaza of the Sun: 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon


Foster City Community Center: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Half Moon Bay Library: 8:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Menlo Park Library: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.


San Carlos Library: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Santa Cruz County


Aptos Library: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


San Francisco


California Academy of Sciences: 9:30 a.m. (Museum admission is $35.95 for adults)


Civic Center Plaza, California Public Utilities Commission, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.


Embarcadero at Cupid’s Span:  The Burning Man art collective PlayaBeest has put together a Facebook event page to gather at “Cupid’s Span” along the Embarcadero between 10 – 11 a.m.


Exploratorium: 9 a.m.


Ortega Branch Library: 10-11:30 a.m.