Throw the Perfect Eclipse Party
On Monday, August 21, 2017, the first total solar eclipse since 1979 will be visible in the United States. From astronomers to space geeks to the plain old curious, people all over the country have been eager to witness this incredible event.
What Is a Solar Eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon orbits between the sun and the Earth, blocking the sun from reaching the Earth.
This year’s eclipse is special because it’s a total solar eclipse, which is only visible from a small part of the Earth. The sun, moon, and Earth line up directly, and the sky becomes dark, like it’s night. Pretty cool, huh?
The total eclipse only last for a few minutes, although a partial eclipse will occur a few hours before. You can find out what time the eclipse is in your area here.
Where to View the Eclipse
The best places to view the eclipse depend on which state you’re in. The path of totality is a strip of land about 70 miles wide that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, so if you happen to be in this path, you’re in luck—you’ll be able to view the total eclipse. NASA has a pretty cool interactive map you can use to find out which city closest to you has the best view.
If you won’t be in the path of totality, you can view partial totality or watch it live-streamed on TV (not the same at all, but still cool). CNN will be live-streaming it in virtual reality through VR headsets at 1 pm ET, and The Science Channel will be broadcasting it along with special commentary from noon to 4 pm ET.
Throw Your Own Eclipse Party
An event like this is a big deal, so if you and your friends, family, and coworkers are planning on viewing the solar eclipse, why not make it a party? Here are a few fun things you can do:
Get eclipse glasses
Safety first: if you are going to be viewing the eclipse outside, you’ll need some special eclipse glasses to protect your eyes. If you don’t already have yours, there are a few different things you can do or make yourself.
Set the mood
A few simple decorations will set the theme for your eclipse party. A black tablecloth, star garlands, or any type of star and moon decorations will work nicely. Glow-in-the-dark stars will also be a nice touch for your eclipse party.
Prepare solar snacks
The eclipse will occur during the day, when many people are at work and school, so there’s no reason to prepare heavy food items. Some easy ideas include:
- Costa Vida. Chips and salsa, guacamole, and queso are the perfect snack for eclipse-watchers. You can order them to-go or even have them catered! You can also make your own with our famous Costa Vida guacamole recipe.
Themed snacks. Look for snack foods that have “Sun” or “Moon” in their name. Moon Pies, Starburst, Milky Ways, and Eclipse gum are a few ideas.
Star shaped foods. Use star and moon shaped cookie cutters you to make cut outs of veggies, cookies, or flatbread.
Create the Perfect Playlist
No party is complete without music, so put together a playlist that goes along with your theme. (Need some help? Try Total Eclipse of the Heart, Walking on Sunshine, and Here Comes the Sun to start!)
With a little preparation, you can have an eclipse party that your guests will be over the moon for!