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Safe partial solar eclipse viewing opportunities in the Atlanta area - August 21

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Metropolitan Atlanta Area

Various Venues · Atlanta, GA

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Last updated 8/21/2018

For those not making the trek north of Atlanta to view the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017 in its path of totality, here's a list of some of the places in the metro area that are providing safe viewing opportunities.

To get your bearings, the eclipse in the Atlanta area will be of around 97% magnitude. As high as that sounds, experienced eclipse viewers report that it does not compare with being in the path of totality. What can I say other than you find sometimes you get what you need.

Eclipse times
Approximate times based on a location at the center of downtown Atlanta are:
- 1:05 pm: start of partial eclipse
- 2:36 pm: maximum eclipse
- 4:01 pm: end of partial eclipse

Eclipse viewing safety
Wherever you view the eclipse, please refer to this NASA webpage (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety) about how to view the eclipse safely.

Live stream options
Also, refer to NASA Eclipse 2017 Live (https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive) to connect with streaming of live video from locations across the country.

Local viewing options
The information below is provided by the organizations hosting the associated solar eclipse viewings. Use the supplied links to contact them with any questions and to check for last-minute change of plans. Keep in mind, some hosts charge admission and others don't.

Note: Any offer of free solar viewing glasses is "while supplies last", if not otherwise stated.

Locations appear in the order added. Position in this list does not indicate preference.

Eclipse 2017 at Georgia TECH
- Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/1913960575542402/)
- Event webpage (http://cos.gatech.edu/eclipse)
- Live stream (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9Z4tbhZEkI)
- time: 1:00-4:00 pm
- location on campus: Kessler Campanile
Community viewing of livestream from the Georgia Tech Observatory, hands-on activities, astronomy-themed music, and more by the Kessler Campanile; exhibit at Clough Commons; We will be distributing glasses around Tech Green and other high-traffic spots on campus at noon on Aug. 21. Supplies are limited so first come, first serve.

Eclipse 2017 at Fernbank Science Center *
- Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/469408646742487/)
- Event webpage (http://www.fernbank.edu/eclipse.htm)
- time: 12:00-4:00 pm
Come view the eclipse through a telescope and by several other methods! We'll have staff and volunteer astronomers on hand to explain the science behind the light show.

* The above location is DeKalb County School System's Fernbank Science Center, not to be confused with Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Solar Eclipse Viewing at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
- Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/1898636767054357/)
- time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Head out to the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) and catch a glimpse of the rare solar eclipse. Free solar viewing glasses provided by Charlie Bates Astronomy Project. This event is included with General Admission and free to CNC Members.

Solar Eclipse over Tellus
- Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/1474662189256525/)
- Event webpage (http://tellusmuseum.org/our-events/solar-eclipse-over-tellus/)
- time: 1:00-4:00 pm
We will have a live feed in the Theater from the best possible location in the total eclipse path with Tellus Astronomer David Dundee and WSB-TV meteorologist Glenn Burns. Outside, you can safely view the eclipse in the Tellus Observatory and on the Museum lawn through smaller telescopes. Thanks to our partners at WSB-TV, we will have FREE eclipse viewing glasses for guests. Regular admission applies to non-members. Members can attend for free.

Eclipse Watching Party with Woodruff Park and the Library
- Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/331262400654875/permalink/331491417298640/)
- time: 1:00-4:00 pm
The first 350 (updated from 200) people will get a free pair solar eclipse glasses to view the celestial event of the century. There will be a pop-up library with books available for check out, games, music, and more and music from space-inspired playlist.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Stations at GSU
- webpage (http://phy-astr.gsu.edu/solar-eclipse-viewing-stations-gsu/)
- time 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Telescopes at Park Place Plaza will offer close-up views of the Sun before, during, and after the eclipse. In addition, live video streams from NASA and Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School will show the total eclipse at various in Room 223 of Park Place. If staff is available, there will also be a telescope viewing station at the GSU Library Plaza.

Eclipse viewing at the West Georgia College Observatory
- webpage (https://www.westga.edu/academics/cosm/physics/solar-eclipse-2017.php)
- time: 1:00 - 4:15 pm
Ben Jenkins, Director of the West Georgia College Observatory, will be in charge of viewing there. Solar eclipse shades will be given to visitors. In addition to providing opportunities for people to observe the eclipse safely, photography and a number of experiments will be performed.

Solar Eclipse in the Garden
- webpage (http://atlantabg.org/visit/events/solar-eclipse-in-the-garden)
- time: 12:00-4:00 pm
Atlanta Botanical Garden invites members at all levels to join in as the Garden counts down to the Great American Eclipse of 2017. Bring a chair to relax on the Great Lawn and make a pinhole projector or sun print to mark the occasion. The first 200 members receive a free pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses to safely watch as the sun slips behind the moon. A snack bar and cash bar will be open during the event.

Historic Solar Eclipse Event on Top of Stone Mountain
- webpage (http://www.stonemountainpark.com/Events/Solar-Eclipse-Event)
- Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/894997267313987/)
- time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Guests can either walk or ride the Summit Skyride to the top of the mountain for the best eclipse viewing spot in Atlanta. Advance $15 purchase (adult or child) of the Historic Pass will include complimentary commemorative solar eclipse glasses. (Limited quantities available.) Park staff will also be on site to pass out solar eclipse information for the best tips on viewing the eclipse.

Eclipse Excursion Hike up Panola Mountain [SOLD OUT]
- webpage (http://explore.gastateparks.org/event/255493)
- Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/1829252200722275)
- time: 1:00-4:00 pm
You are invited to join in a guided hike up Panola Mountain where you will see first-hand at the top of our mountain one of nature’s most spectacular moments. Register in advance. Solar eclipse glasses will be provided. This program is $20 per person and is limited to ages 10 and up. Call the Nature Center today to sign up. (Refer to webpage for event phone number.)

Solar Eclipse Amphibian Survey at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
- Facebook Event (https://www.facebook.com/events/1239048076238648/)
- time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Looking down instead of up, this will be an opportunity to join the Amphibian Foundation team and volunteer "citizen scientists" at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve to observe the response of amphibians during the partial solar eclipse and to submit resulting data to the Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program. Besides a flashlight, no equipment is necessary, but wear shoes that can get dirty.