photo courtesy of Lunar Planetary Institute

It’s been 38 years since America has seen such an event — and 99 years since a coast-to-coast appearance! The total solar eclipse will be visible in North America on a path from Oregon to South Carolina August 21 between 11 am – 3 pm.

Although Houston will not see the total eclipse, it will experience about a 70% view with the prime viewing at 1:20 pm on August 21. Here are a few events planned before and on the big day:

August 10: Eclipse Talk and Solar Observing

West University Library
August 10, 3 pm – 4:30 pm
6108 Auden St., 77005

This program is geared to elementary-aged school kids and discuss the partial solar eclipse and how to view it safely. Kids can make a pinhole viewer from cereal boxes.

August 11: Family Science Event 

Crosby Branch Library
August 11, 2017, 2 pm – 3 pm
135 Hare Rd., Crosby, Texas 77532

This special event includes hands-on stations for kids and a talk from a Houston Astronomical Society volunteer about what eclipses are and what can be seen in Houston August 21.

August 19: Preparing for the Solar Eclipse Workshop

Children’s Museum of Houston
August 19
1500 Binz

Prepare for the solar eclipse with this workshop at Children’s Museum of Houston. Sign up online here for a 45-minute session between 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Kids will explore how a total solar eclipse occurs and learn safe and effective ways to view the eclipse. As a part of the workshop, kids will build a Solar Eclipse Pinhole Viewer! $5 charge for the workshop + admission.

August 21: Solar Eclipse Viewing 

Levy Park
August 21, noon – 2 pm
3801 Eastside

Freeman Branch Library
August 21, noon – 2 pm
16616 Diana Lane

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) will be hosting free two events August 21 at Levy Park and the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library. Scientists and educators from LPI will be onsite. Safe solar viewing glasses will be available at both locations.

August 21: The Great American Eclipse 

HMNS in Museum District
August 21, 12 pm – 2 pm
5555 Hermann Park Dr.

HMNS at Sugar Land
August 21, 11 am – 3 pm
13016 University Blvd.

Join HMNS in the Museum District and Sugar Land for this special solar eclipse event! The United States won’t see a similar event until 2024, so this is a unique experience.

In the Museum District, HMNS’ Planetarium is hosting six 15-minute programs about the eclipse, what it looks like in Houston, the line of totality and from the moon. Tickets are $4. The live stream from Casper, Wyoming (path of totality) is sold out.

In Sugar Land, telescopes will be on-hand for safe viewing plus crafts and activities. The first 50 people will receive complimentary solar eclipse glasses, necessary for safely viewing the eclipse. Great American Eclipse activities and viewing are included with admission to HMNS at Sugar Land.

August 21: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party 

Children’s Museum of Houston
August 21, 11 am – 3 pm
1500 Binz

Visit the Children’s Museum of Houston from 11 am – 3 pm for the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. Learn more about the Solar System, Solar Eclipse and more on this special day. Watch from the Allen Family Courtyard Weather Station. Activities are included with $12 paid admission.

August 21: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Crosby Branch Library
August 21, 2017, 12 pm – 2 pm
135 Hare Rd., Crosby

Crosby Branch Library will be hosting a free Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. Thanks to a grant from the Space Science Institute, the library will have a limited number of solar viewing glasses available to experience the eclipse together. They also will have a NASA live stream of the eclipse from the path of totality.

August 21: Solar Eclipse at Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Parkway

Space Center Houston has a day full of activities planned for the total solar eclipse. Guest speakers from NASA Johnson Space Center will be sharing info on eclipses, components of the sun plus solar weather and how it affects earth. Space Center Houston will have eclipse viewing areas for safe solar viewing at Independence Plaza and Zero-G Dinner Patio. Guests also can create their own eclipse projector inside the center at Pop-Up Science Labs and experiment with spectroscopes. NASA’s livestream of the eclipse will be displayed on screens inside the center so guests will still be able to experience the eclipse in the event of overcast or rainy weather. Guests will be provided with solar viewing glasses to safely observe the total eclipse of the sun.

August 21: Get Mooned at Hotel Ylem Solar Eclipse Party

Hotel Ylem
August 21, 11:46 am – 8 pm
8080 Main Street

First 50 guests will get glasses to view the solar eclipse! The afternoon also features refreshements and light bites till 1 pm, Star Wars movie at 3 pm, plus drink specials, live music and astro readings from 5 pm – 8 pm.

Check out the NASA map showing the path of the total solar eclipse across the United States.

If you miss this one, the next total solar eclipse will be in 2024.