Editor’s note: This article was originally published on August 10 and has been updated with the most recent information.
On Monday, August 21, the U.S. will experience a total solar eclipse, darkening skies all throughout the country as the moon covers the sun. And while Philly will only experience at partial solar eclipse (80 percent of the sun will be covered), experts say it will still be worthwhile to don some protective eyewear and view such a rare occurrence.
Philly will experience max coverage at 2:44 p.m. on August 21. The whole solar eclipse event is set to take place between 1:21 and 4 p.m.
Franklin Institute’s head astronomer Derrick Pitts says that barring any bad weather, as long as you can see the sun from your location, you’ll be able to witness the event.
But we’ve mapped out the best places in Philly, ordered north to south, that will give you a clear view of the partial solar eclipse. Many of these spots offer high vantage points and great views of the sky, while others include institutions that are hosting viewing parties.
Know of another great spot or viewing party? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!Read More