Where to watch. Three great Colorado so­lar eclipse watch par­ties.

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Erica Boni­face

Sure, Mon­days are gen­er­ally known for be­ing the least pop­u­lar day of the week — with ab­so­lutely noth­ing awe­some hap­pen­ing. But not on Aug. 21. Oh, no. All of North Amer­ica will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Some will even see a to­tal so­lar eclipse.

Dur­ing the so­lar eclipse, the moon will com­pletely cover the sun and the sun’s at­mos­phere — known as the corona — and will be seen from Ore­gon all the way to South Carolina. The eclipse in Den­ver will be­gin at 10:23 a.m. and fin­ish at 1:14 p.m. Metro Den­ver’s dark­est mo­ment — about 92 per­cent of the sun ob­scured — will hit around 11:47 a.m.

In NON-NASA lingo? Colorado ob­servers will get a pretty rad look at this astro­nom­i­cal phe­nom­e­non. If you can’t travel to Wy­oming or Ne­braska to get a glimpse of the full eclipse, have no fear — there will still be some great spots in our fine state to see the moon cover­ing a pretty large part of the sun’s disk.

Here’s a list of some places to put on your handy safety glasses and take in the glory that is the eclipse:

The Great Amer­i­can Eclipse 2017

Lo­ca­tion: Den­ver Mu­seum of Na­ture & Sci­ence, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Den­ver

When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Web­site: dmns.org

Cost: Free with gen­eral ad­mis­sion

There will be all sorts of eclipse-ori­ented hap­pen­ings go­ing on through­out the day. The mu­seum will be hand­ing out a lim­ited num­ber of safety glasses on a first-come, first-serve ba­sis. Or you can buy a pair in the gift shop for $2.99 when you ar­rive.

The safe so­lar-scope view­ing will be held at Boettcher Plaza from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fam­i­lies will also love the Eclipser­cise in Stu­dios 102 and 103, where you recre­ate the move­ments of the moon and Earth with your bod­ies to help kids un­der­stand what is hap­pen­ing dur­ing the so­lar eclipse. Space Odyssey will also livestream NASA with var­i­ous eclipse-themed ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day.

Fiske Plan­e­tar­ium So­lar Tele­scopes

Lo­ca­tion: 2414 Re­gent Drive, Boul­der

Web­site: colorado.edu/ fiske/eclipse

Ev­ery state (ex­cept Alaska and Hawaii) will have at least 75 per­cent of the sun cov­ered by the moon dur­ing the so­lar eclipse. Even though Colorado won’t see the full eclipse, Doug Dun­can, as­tronomer and Fiske Plan­e­tar­ium di­rec­tor, says watch­ing a par­tial eclipse is still in­ter­est­ing. But it’s im­por­tant to pro­tect your eyes. You must wear eclipse glasses to safely watch the par­tial eclipse. You can pick up a pair at Mcguckin Hard­ware, Fiske Plan­e­tar­ium and the CU Book­store.

Most of the staff from Fiske Plan­e­tar­ium will be off-site view­ing the full eclipse. How­ever, they will have a few so­lar tele­scopes on the lawn out­side the Fiske Plan­e­tar­ium front doors staffed by as­tronomers. Side note: Aug. 21 is move-in day on the Boul­der cam­pus, so park­ing will be ex­tremely lim­ited.

So­lar Eclipse Party at Space Foun­da­tion Dis­cov­ery Cen­ter

Lo­ca­tion: 4425 Ar­rowswest Drive, Colorado Springs When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Web­site: dis­cov­er­space.org

Cost: Event in­cluded in reg­u­lar Dis­cov­ery Cen­ter ad­mis­sion

The Space Foun­da­tion Dis­cov­ery Cen­ter is host­ing a view­ing party with tele­scopes, tubes and boxes for the pub­lic to en­joy for the day. Live feeds will be shown from dif­fer­ent U.S. to­tal so­lar eclipse lo­ca­tions. Guests can also pur­chase so­lar view­ing glasses for $3 each, or two for $5. The view­ing glasses are ISO cer­ti­fied and rec­om­mended by NASA. Fam­i­lies will also en­joy build­ing an eclipse view­ing take-home craft or watch­ing a plan­e­tar­ium show on the Dis­cov­ery Cen­ter’s new in­flat­able plan­e­tar­ium.

In Colorado Springs, the sun will be about 89 per­cent ob­scured at its dark­est.

Sau­rabh Das, As­so­ci­ated Press file

A to­tal so­lar eclipse casts Varanasi, In­dia, in a shadow on July 22, 2009. The long­est so­lar eclipse of the 21st cen­tury pitched a swath of Asia from In­dia to China into near dark­ness as mil­lions gath­ered to watch the phe­nom­e­non.

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