Solar Eclipse Viewing!

  • Monroe Lake
  • August 21, 2017
  • Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 837-9967
  • 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • $7 per vehicle (w/ Indiana license plates), $9 per vehicle (w/ out-of-state plates)

IMPORTANT: This program will be cancelled in the event of completely overcast/stormy skies. However, if the sky is only partly cloudy, the program will go on as scheduled – our view of the sun may just be blocked for periods of time until the clouds move.

We haven’t had a coast-to-coast solar eclipse in the United States for 99 years – and the last time that the contiguous United States saw a total eclipse was 1979. Unfortunately, the path of complete totality (“daytime twilight”) is south of us in Kentucky, but about 95% of the sun will still be eclipsed locally – and will be worth seeing! We’ll have solar viewing glasses that visitors can use to safely look directly at the sun (even 95% covered, you need to have proper eye protection!), and you can also make a pinhole viewer to project an image of the eclipsed sun on the ground.

From 12 to 1 p.m., we'll be in "countdown mode" till the start of the eclipse: you can prep your pinhole projector, make a UV-bead bracelet, and create a unique art project using UV-sensitive paper.

From 1 p.m. (technically 12:57 p.m.) to 2:30 p.m., we'll be watching the progress of the eclipse! Solar viewers will be available for people to use. The eclipse will reach its peak at 2:25 p.m. (95% coverage).

Solar Eclipse Viewing!
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  • Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • $7 per vehicle (w/ Indiana license plates), $9 per vehicle (w/ out-of-state plates)