Where to catch the solar eclipse

The solar eclipse makes its way across the continental United States on Monday, and though Baltimore is not in its path of totality, the city will see 80 percent of the sun blotted out by the moon’s shadow. Here are some area events where you can catch a (glasses-covered) glimpse of the celestial event:

  • Sun Fun: Eclipse — Maryland Science Center Observatory, 601 Light St., Baltimore. Noon-4 p.m., free with paid admission. Rooftop access available via a timestamped ticket, which the Maryland Science Center will give out for free beginning at 10 a.m.
  • Solar Eclipse Viewing — Cylburn Arboretum Association, 4915 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore, Mansion Porch. 1 p.m.-3 p.m., ages 7 and up, RSVP, $10. cylburn.org.
  • Solar Eclipse Day at Port Discovery — 35 Market Place, Baltimore. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., general admission, $15.95, portdiscovery.org. Port Discovery will host a number of eclipse-themed activities, including a discussion of the science behind the event, storytelling and arts and crafts.
  • Popscope Viewing — 2024 E. Monument St., Baltimore. 2 p.m.-3 p.m., free, twitter.com/bmorepopscope. Popscope, an organization that helps facilitate public astronomy, will be setting up a telescope with a solar filter on Monument Street. Anyone is welcome to come and take a look at the eclipse up close. Popscope has a limited supply of solar glasses.
  • Eclipse Viewing — Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville. 1 p.m.-4 p.m., baltimorecountymd.gov. At the park and museum named for the man who correctly predicted the 1789 eclipse, visitors can make a homemade shoebox viewer, peek through a telescope with a solar filter and borrow glasses to witness the eclipse safely.
  • Towson Library Viewing Party — Baltimore County Public Library branch in Towson, 320 York Road. Noon-4 p.m., free.
  • Various Baltimore County parks and libraries will host viewing events. Check online at bcpl.info and baltimorecountymd.gov.
  • Eclipse Viewing — Harford County Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. 1 p.m.- 4 p.m., free. The Harford County Astronomical Society will set up telescopes in the parking lot at the Observatory on the Harford County Community College campus. Limited solar glasses available. Contact the society before attending.
  • Eclipse Viewing Party — MdBio Foundation’s Mobile eXploration Lab, parking lot at 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville. 1:27 p.m. to 3:01 p.m., free, mdbiofoundation.org. MdBio’s educators will instruct attendees on how to safely view an eclipse, explain what differentiates a solar and lunar eclipse and build an explanatory model. Participants also will collect and record temperature and climate data for NASA’s Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program. Special viewing glasses available for the first 100 people to register. Registration is free but limited.
  • Solar Eclipse Party — Black Hill Nature Programs, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds. Noon-4 p.m., free, montgomeryparks.org.
  • Zip the Eclipse - Adventure Park at Sandy Spring, 16701 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring. 2 p.m, general admission, $55 for adults 12 and up, sandyspringadventurepark.org. The park will provide free eclipse glasses.
  • Eclipse Viewing — Observatory Park, 100 DeSellum Ave., Gaithersburg. 1 p.m.-4 p.m., free, gaithersburgmd.gov.

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