Solar Eclipse in California: Where to Get Glasses & Where to Watch

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On August 21, residents of California will be able to see a partial solar eclipse. As you can see in the map pictured below, some areas in Northern California will experience 90 percent occlusion while the rest of the state is at 75 percent. There is a small area along the coast of Oregon that will be close to 100 percent occlusion during tomorrow’s once-in-a-lifetime event.

Monday’s eclipse will be rolling through the Golden State in the late morning hours. In order to view the eclipse, you will need to wear protective eyewear. A variety of stores, including Target and Best Buy, were selling solar eclipse glasses, but many have sold out of their stock. If you are hoping to see the eclipse but haven’t purchased proper viewing glasses, the libraries listed below are offering solar eclipse glasses to use during the event. Most of these are first-come, first-served, and not everyone is guaranteed a pair to use.


Los Angeles

Time: 9:05 a.m. – 11:44 a.m.
Peak time: 10:21 a.m.
Libraries with free glasses (to borrow while supplies last): Temple City Library, San Gabriel Library, Norwalk Library, Montebello Library, Hacienda Heights Library, Diamond Bar Library, City Terrace Library, Angelo M. Iacoboni Library, Claremont Library
Viewing parties:
Griffith ObservatoryCalifornia Science Center 
Best places to see: Los Angeles State Historic Park, King Gillette Rance in CalabasasRancho Sierra Vista in Thousand Oaks

San Diego

Time: 9:07 a.m. – 11:46 a.m.
Peak time: 10:23 a.m.
Libraries with free glasses (to borrow while supplies last): Ocean Beach LibraryCentral Library
Viewing parties: 
The Fleet Science CenterOceanside Photo & Telescope
Best places to see:  Mission Trails Regional ParkLa Jolla Cove

San Francisco

Time: 9:01 a.m. – 11:37 a.m.
Peak time: 10:15 a.m.
Libraries with free glasses (to borrow while supplies last): San Francisco Main Library, Ortega Street
Viewing parties: The Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences
Best places to see: Golden Gate Park, Mission Dolores Park

Sacramento

Time: 9:02 a.m. – 11:39 a.m.
Peak time: 10:17 a.m.
Libraries with free glasses (to borrow while supplies last): Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, Arthur F. Turner Community Library
Viewing parties: Sac State Viewing Party, Powerhouse Science Center
Best places to see: McKinley Park, East Portal Park

Oakland

Time: 9:01 a.m. – 11:37 a.m.
Peak time: 10:15 a.m.
Libraries with free glasses (to borrow while supplies last): Main Library
Viewing parties: Chabot Space & Science Center
Best places to see: Mosswood Park, Lakeside Park