Northeast Ohio solar eclipse guide: Events, glasses and more

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This photo combo shows the moon passing in front of the sun (top L to bottom R) during a total solar eclipse in the city of Ternate, in Indonesia’s Maluku Islands, on March 9, 2016
A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. (Photo credit: BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND– We’re counting down to the “Great American Eclipse!”

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth, casting a shadow on earth’s surface.

This is the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental U.S. in 38 years. It’s been nearly 10 years since a total eclipse moved from coast to coast across our country.

More information on the eclipse from NASA here

Basics:

The “Great American Eclipse” is Monday, Aug. 21.

A 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina gets the best show. That’s where the sun will be 100 percent covered.

Other areas, including Ohio, will witness a partial eclipse. In Cleveland, it starts at 1:06 p.m. and ends at 3:51 p.m. The maximum eclipse occurs at 2:30 p.m.

Glasses and viewers:

It’s important to keep your eyes safe! NASA said the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially- eclipsed sun is through a special solar filter.

Beware of counterfeit products. Amazon recalled potentially phony glasses.

A list of NASA-approved vendors for eclipse glasses, handheld views and more is available here. It may be too late to buy solar viewers in time for the eclipse. Many places are sold out.

The Cleveland Public Library Main Branch had a limited supply of glasses at its lending desk, but they are now gone. Other libraries in the area also offered glasses. Call ahead to make sure they are still available.

If you can’t find glasses, you can make a pinhole projection viewer using NASA’s instructions.

(Image courtesy: NASA)

Events:

Akron-Summit County Public Library
Noon to 3:52 p.m.

Blesser Park, Avon Lake
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Burrell Homestead, Sheffield Village
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 p.m.

Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma Branch
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Edgewater Park, Cleveland
12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Eastlake Public Library
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Grand Valley Public Library, Owell
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Great Lakes Science Center
Events Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Hiram College, campus lawn along Hayden Street
12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Holmes County District Public Library, Central Library
1:45 p.m.

Hudson Library and Historical Society
2 p.m.

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, Bay Village
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lorain Public Library, Main, Avon, Domonkas, Columbis and North Ridgeville branches
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Louisville Public Library
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, Main Library
2 p.m.

Massillon Public Library
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Morley Library, Painesville
Noon to 4 p.m.

Penitentiary Glen Reservation, Kirtland
Noon to 4 p.m.

Reed Memorial Library, Ravenna
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Ritter Public Library, Vermilion
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Stark County District Library, Lake Community Branch
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Wayne County Public Library, Wooster Branch
All day

Events listed were posted on the individual organizations’ websites. Registration or fees may be required. Some are weather permitting. Check with the library, planetarium or facility for additional details.

If you would like to add your event, email jsteer@fox8.com

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