2024 Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties around Athens, GA

Safely view the solar eclipse in and around the Athens area

By Jessica Sweeney, Publisher Macaroni KID Athens April 2, 2024

Get ready to experience a solar eclipse in Athens, GA! 😎 On Monday, April 8, 2024, a partial solar eclipse will cross over the Athens area beginning at 1:46pm and last until 4:21pm, with a peak time of 3:06pm. While Athens may not be in the direct path of the eclipse, the area is expected to experience almost 80% totality. SO cool! Make this one memorable as the next total solar eclipse in the United States won't occur until August 2044! (USAToday)

So, what is an eclipse?
"A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People viewing the  eclipse from locations where the Moon’s shadow completely covers the Sun  – known as the path of totality – will experience a total solar eclipse. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the Sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun. (

There are several locations that are offering viewing parties, crafts, and other fun for viewers of all ages to enjoy. View our list below:

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Local Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties/Events

🌓 Bogart Library
Thursday, April 4 from 4pm to 5:30pm
Come join us for STEAM fun and eclipse art and activities! All ages are welcome. Certified eclipse glasses will be available for free, while supplies last. 

🌓 Athens-Clarke County Library
Monday, April 8 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Mrs. Snook will be in the parking lot with a special solar telescope for you to look at the eclipse! Eclipse glasses will be available for free while supplies last at the Children’s Desk and the Reference Desk upstairs. 

🌓 Jefferson County Library
Monday, April 8 from 9am to 3pm
Prepare for the Partial Eclipse with an educational experience! Learn about the sun and moon while you craft, and be sure to pick up your eclipse glasses before the deepest point at 3:06.

🌓 Oconee County Library
Monday, April 8 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Come watch NASA's "Across the Path" while enjoying popcorn and a craft! FREE solar eclipse glasses are available to attendees. One pair per person, while supplies last.

🌓 Oglethorpe County Library
Monday, April 8 from 1:30pm to 4pm
Join us to watch the Total Solar Eclipse and enjoy fun activities and crafts. Solar glasses will be provided to those who come to the event. An live stream will be shown in case it is a rainy day.

DIY Pinhole Projector

Remember - staring directly at a solar eclipse is dangerous. Be sure to use proper protective glasses or learn how to Make Your Own Pinhole Projector for safe viewing.

Fun Eclipse Information

▶️ Want to know what other parts of the country will experience on April 8th?
Click here to learn what the other states will see!

▶️ What states will experience a Total Eclipse?
Click here to find out!

▶️ Safety comes first!
Click here to view NASA's Total Eclipse Safety Guidelines.

▶️ Learn about Eclipses in American History.
The earliest evidence of an eclipse dates back to 1097! Learn more here.

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