2017 solar eclipse: Watch parties in the Ogden, Salt Lake City areas Aug. 21

Friday , August 11, 2017 - 11:36 AM

AMANDA JOHNSON, Standard-Examiner Staff

The Great American Eclipse is almost here, and luckily for Northern Utahns, there are plenty of events and watch parties to go to when the moon passes in front of the sun Aug. 21, 2017.

Though the Ogden and Salt Lake City areas won’t experience a total solar eclipse, the site will still be pretty spectacular — for example, about 93 percent of the sun will be covered in Ogden. (If you’re curious what the eclipse will look like where you are, type your zip code into this tool designed by Vox.

If you’re looking for a fun place to join the celestial party, check out these events happening around the area.


When and where: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Snowbasin Resort, 3925 E. Snowbasin Road, Huntsville

Description: A total solar eclipse is coming to the United States. The path of totality is about 150 miles north, but Northern Utah will have the greatest viewing circumstances in the state. With the added elevation at Needles Lodge, you will have an amazing view of this partial eclipse. 

Needles Gondola will be running, and food and drinks will be for sale. Gondola rides are free for 2017-18 Premier Season Pass holders and 2017 Summer Pass Holders. If you don't have one of those, the cost is $14 for adults (18 and over); $10 for youth (7-17); and 6 and under are free. Purchase a family four pack (two adults and two youth/teen tickets) for $30 online in advance.  


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When and where: 10 a.m. to noon, Tremonton City Library, 210 N. Tremonton St., Tremonton

Description: Join the Tremonton City Library in watching the solar eclipse. The first 200 people will get solar eclipse glasses. Celebrate this day of all things sun, moon and space.

Star Wars and space enthusiasts align to join us as the Earth and the moon use "the force" (gravitational force), and the moon and the sun combine in a solar eclipse. Come see and experience hands-on science and activities as we watch the solar eclipse. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character to participate in a costume contest. Make solar eclipse arts and crafts, fire rockets, learn about the science behind the solar eclipse and enjoy viewing the event with friends.


When and where: 11 a.m. to noon, Ogden Valley Branch, Weber County Library, 131 S. 7400 East, Huntsville

Description: Join the library for the unique experience of an almost-total solar eclipse (93 percent coverage). Learn about solar eclipses, do a solar craft and watch the eclipse with special viewing glasses. It will be a fun event for the whole family.


When and where: 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fox Pointe Park, 150 S. 300 West, Morgan

Description: Where will you be during the solar eclipse? Come join Team Jerry Pierce of Mountain Valley Real Estate Experts and Jason Johnson of Talon Loans for a viewing social at the Fox Pointe Park in Morgan. Free viewing glasses will be given to the first 300 spectators. Drinks and music will be provided.


When and where: 10 a.m. - noon, Treehouse Museum, 347 22nd St., Ogden

Description: Learn what an eclipse is, how to safely observe it and how old you’ll be when the next one happens. Free, safe NASA and  Clark Planetarium approved viewing glasses will be available while supplies last.

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