Local groups will hold viewing parties for upcoming solar eclipse

The next time a total solar eclipse will happen is in 2024, and it will pass right over Newton Falls

This photo provided by Bob Baer and Sarah Kovac, participants in the Citizen CATE Experiment, shows a "diamond ring" shape during the 2016 total solar eclipse in Indonesia. For the 2017 eclipse over the United States, the National Science Foundation-funded movie project nicknamed Citizen CATE will have more than 200 volunteers trained and given special small telescopes and tripods to observe the sun at 68 locations in the exact same way. The thousands of images from the citizen-scientists will be combined for a movie of the usually hard-to-see sun’s edge. (R. Baer, S. Kovac/Citizen CATE Experiment via AP)
(R. Baer, S. Kovac/Citizen CATE Experiment via AP)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Total solar eclipses are a rare sight — the sky turns dark as the moon crosses in front of the sun, and a ring of light shines around the moon.

While millions of Americans will be able to view the total solar eclipse on Monday, here in the Valley, it will be seen as a partial eclipse.

There are still opportunities to view the eclipse — local groups are holding viewing parties and have eye protection in stock.

READ: NASA issues warning for unsafe glasses

Mill Creek MetroParks will hold a viewing party from 1-4 p.m. at 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd. and will give out 1,000 eclipse glasses. The planetarium staff from Youngstown State University will be there to inform people about the eclipse and help them view it safely.

Lordstown Schools will hold a viewing party in their high school lecture hall and elementary school library from 2-3 p.m. The first 40 students will get free eclipse glasses. There will be lemonade, “eclipse burgers” and “sun dogs”.

Boardman Local Schools will hold a viewing party from 1:30-3 p.m. at the new Spartan Stadium stands. The first 200 people will receive eclipse glasses, but families are encouraged to share. The school will display live shots of the eclipse through a special solar filter camera on the jumbo-tron for those who don’t have glasses. No outside food or drink is allowed. Park in the north student lot of the high school

If you plan on buying your own glasses, be sure to buy from a reputable source.

An OH WOW! educator will create a pinhole projector in the center’s InspireWorks lab. Admission is free, but they are sold out of eclipse glasses.

While the Valley will only see the partial solar eclipse this time around, the next total eclipse will pass right over Newton Falls on April 8, 2024.

If you know of any other events or viewing parties for what’s been dubbed the “Great American Eclipse”, send a tip to Report It.

READ: What can the Valley expect from the solar eclipse?

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