Solar eclipses are exciting events that capture the imagination of us all. We invite you to experience this wondrous, unique event in our solar system by holding your own eclipse party! These parties are a fun way to share the excitement friends and neighbors.
Want to see the 2017 total solar eclipse? You better start planning now. The event, which will take place on Aug. 21, 2017, across the U.S., is going to be one of the most spectacular and widely accessible solar shows of our lifetime.
What makes this event such a big deal is that it's the first total solar eclipse to occur within the contiguous United States since Feb. 26, 1979. And unlike the 1979 total eclipse the 2017 eclipse will stretch across the entire North American continent from the Pacific Coast of Oregon to the Atlantic Coast of South Carolina.
If you are not in the path of totality, you can still have a great time! Your eclipse party can be centered around actual visual observations on the day of the eclipse (if any part of the umbral or penumbral shadow passes over your area), or it can rely on remote transmission of an eclipse image to your location from someone along the path of totality or telescopic observations.
You may want to have a few snacks on hand. MoonPies are always a hit, especially with kids, and should be easy to find at your grocery store. Although not lunar, Little Debbie's Star Crunch snacks, plus Milky Way and Mars candy bars, can help hold up the astronomy theme. To drink, you can also bring out what is allegedly an astronaut favorite, Tang, though adults may find it a bit too sweet.
Why not serve a cheese platter, since everyone knows the moon is made of cheese … isn't it? That way, guests can have something less sugary to munch on. Try pairing the cheese with circular-cut meats and round "full moon" crackers.