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Date: Aug 8, 2017

by Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation & Parks

It just doesn’t happen that often. The last total solar eclipse in these parts was in 1991. Don’t miss the next one, Monday, August 21, 2017. While the “path of totality,” total blocking of the sun by the moon, just misses the Baltimore area, we will be seeing about 80% of this spectacular event. 

The word “seeing” is essential when experiencing a solar eclipse. It takes special knowledge and equipment to see this astronomical event. Do it wrong and you could do permanent damage to your eyesight.

Free Baltimore County Recreation and Parks events will help you prepare and enjoy this rare astronomical event.

Friday, August 11, 2017, Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum is featuring the first of two free events celebrating this moment in sky-viewing history. “Get Ready for the Great American Eclipse of 2017” starts at 7:00 p.m. You be introduced to the phenomenon of a solar eclipse and how to safely see what you may have never seen before -- and perhaps not see again in the foreseeable future. This session, for adults and children 8 and older, will be led by staff from the Maryland Science Center. 

Monday, August 21, join the Banneker staff to learn --and safely -- watch this memorable marvel unfold. Viewing starts at 1:00 p.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. The maximum view of the eclipse in Baltimore will be at 2:42 p.m., but part of the fun is watching the eclipse unfold and reveal the full sun again.  

The next total eclipse of the sun visible from Baltimore is April 8, 2024.  Mark your calendar now.

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum is a 142-acre site dedicated to telling the inspiring story of the life and times of Benjamin Banneker, often considered the first African American man of science. The museum’s exhibits chronicle Banneker’s contributions as a largely self-taught mathematician, astronomer, almanac writer, surveyor, abolition advocate and naturalist during the late 1700s.The park offers diverse educational exhibits and environmental programs as well as trails and horticultural demonstration areas.

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park in Oella is one of more than 200 beautiful parks in Baltimore County.  You don’t have to wait for the next solar eclipse to get out and enjoy!

Revised September 11, 2017