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