For the Love of Colorado: Solar Eclipse August 2017

The excitement about the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st, seems to just keep building and building. While Colorado is not along the path of the total eclipse, we’re close enough to drive to some sites along the path and there are plenty of events during and surrounding the eclipse.

Beginning at 9am and ending at 2pm, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will have several family-friendly activities including Eclipsercise, Solar Scope Viewing, crafts, and story times.

In Northwest Denver, you can gather on the commons at Regis University, get free glasses and make a a solar system bracelet. There will also be people gathering downtown at Civic Center Park.

As you read in my post last week, I love me some yoga and love all the options in and surrounding Denver. Yoga studios are no slouches when it comes to the moon! There are yoga eclipse events before, during and after the eclipse at Urban Sanctuary, Karma Yoga, The Beat, Yoga in the Park, and Container Collective. If it’s not listed here, you should check out your favorite local studio and see if they have something going on to get into those eclipse vibes!

What else do Denverites love? Beer. There are several breweries that are getting in on the eclipse action! Blue Moon in RiNo, ViewHouse, and Ernie’s all have events too.

If you’re up for a short drive, several mountain resorts are hosting eclipse events. The resorts at Vail and Beaver Creek have packages for the eclipse. Walking Mountains Science Center will also be hosting an event in Beaver Creek.

While I’m not sure if there are seats still available, here’s an option I hadn’t considered before – fly along the path of the eclipse!

Haven’t gotten around to snagging a pair of eclipse glasses and are not going to an event providing them? Here are some free and next to free options for experiencing the eclipse safely: print a 2D or 3D pinhole projector or use your hands to project the eclipse. NASA has designed .pdfs of pinhole projectors in the shapes of states, the Cherokee and Navajo nations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. While it seems stupidly simple, looking at the shadow made by the little windows from interlacing your fingers will give you a good view of what the eclipse looks like. NASA is also encouraging people to have friends take a picture of you using the projector or take a selfie and post it!

For more information on all things eclipse – weather, traffic, science, events – check out NASA’s eclipse website.

No matter how you plan to experience the eclipse, be safe and have fun!

 

 

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