SALT LAKE CITY — Prepare for a total eclipse of the heart — or, uh, the sun — by attending any of these local Salt Lake County events.
Unless you've been living under a rock, there's a good chance you've heard that on the morning of Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in most of the United States, a phenomenon that hasn't happened since 1979 when the path curved through the northwest. Though the best viewing closest to Utah will be in Idaho and Wyoming, if you're planning on staying home and avoiding the traffic and crowds, Salt Lake City will still get 91 percent visibility.
Here are few local events taking place in Salt Lake County for families to enjoy (as long as your kids aren't starting school that day):
The Gateway (400 W. 100 South) is hosting a Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Event at the Clark Planetarium (110 S. 400 West) and Discovery Gateway Children's Museum (444 W. 100 South) on Monday, Aug. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will include educational activities to help families learn more about solar eclipses and tools to help with safe viewing of the eclipse. Viewing will take place at the plaza near the Olympic Legacy Fountain (10 N. Rio Grande St.), where there will be telescopes with solar filters, pinhole viewers and boxes with large welder's glass for safe viewing. There will even be viewers that allow for cellphone photos of the eclipse. One telescope will project a large solar image for the entire crowd. Eclipse glasses will be on sale for $2 each. Admission will be required for activities inside the museum and planetarium. For more information, visit slco.org/clark-planetarium and discoverygateway.org.
Hosted by Clark Planetarium, this viewing party will be held Monday, Aug. 21., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, Murray. Eclipse glasses will be on sale for $2 each. For more information visit slco.org/clark-planetarium.
Salt Lake City Library
This downtown viewing will be assisted by Clark Planetarium staff and Goldman Sachs volunteers and will be held Monday, Aug. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E. 400 South.
University of Utah
Held at the J. Willard Marriott Library plaza, 295 S. 1500 East, on Monday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon, this viewing hosted by University of Utah Physics and Astronomy will be accompanied by solar eclipse glasses, Sun Chips and Capri Suns. There will also be giveaways throughout the viewing. Find out more at nowplayingutah.com.
Salt Lake County Libraries
The following libraries will be hosting viewing parties on Monday, Aug. 21. Viewing glasses will be available at these programs on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit slcolibrary.org.
Bingham Creek Library: Come enjoy "Lunar Tunes," a Looney Tunes marathon in honor of the eclipse, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., 4834 W. 9000 South, West Jordan.
Herriman Library: Celebrate the eclipse with games and crafts and get a free pair of glasses to view the eclipse while supplies last, 10 a.m.-noon, 5380 W. Herriman Main St., Herriman.
Sandy Library: There will be special activities and glasses for viewing, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 10100 S. Petunia Way, Sandy.
West Jordan Library: View the eclipse and enjoy the interactive Discover Earth exhibit, 10 a.m., 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan.
Whitmore Library: Watch the solar eclipse indoors on a big screen as the live video streams from NASA are displayed, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2197 E. Fort Union Blvd.
Taylorsville: Learn about the eclipse and make a fun craft before viewing it with special glasses, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 4870 S. 2700 West, Taylorsville.
Holladay Library: Wear comfy clothes for Hop 'n' Harmonies, a movement/dance program for children and caregivers, including a special yoga session for the eclipse, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m., 2150 E. 4730 South, Holladay.
Kearns Library: Learn about the eclipse and make fun crafts, 10:15 a.m.-noon, 5350 S. 4220 West, Kearns.
South Jordan Library: The event will include songs, crafts, yoga and other fun activities while the eclipse is livestreamed inside. Outside, the eclipse can be viewed through solar-safe photography shields. Call to preregister for protective glasses. Event is 10 a.m.-noon, 10673 S. Redwood Road, South Jordan.
West Valley Library: Come watch a livestream of NASA's show "Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA," 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2880 W. 3650 South, West Valley City.
Magna Library: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2675 S. 8950 West, Magna
Millcreek Library: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2266 E. Evergreen Ave., East Millcreek
Riverton Library: 10:15 a.m.-1 p.m., 12877 S. 1830 West, Riverton