A rare solar eclipse is coming on Monday, August 21, and it’s time to start planning where you’ll watch the eclipse in Greater Palm Springs.
Between 9 and 11:30 a.m. on the 21st, the eclipse will be partially visible in Greater Palm Springs, peaking at 10:25 a.m. PST. Here’s where to see this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon around town.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The Mountain Station at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will offer an eclipse program on the deck with a solar telescope. Additionally, there will be 50 NASA-approved solar glasses on hand. Regular tram fees apply, but the program is free. In honor of the eclipse, the first car up the mountain will be at 8 a.m.
Palm Springs Public Library
Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and telescopes to the Palm Springs Public Library for a solar eclipse viewing party from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Staff will be giving out free eclipse viewing glasses, and a local radio station and community organizations will be on site to provide fun for the entire family.
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park will have a total of 800 pairs of solar glasses available to borrow, available at each of the Main entrance on Park Boulevard, Cottonwood entrance on the backside of the park (off Interstate 10) and the Twentynine Palms entrance.
The main program for the day will at the Oasis of Mara Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms. Park Rangers will be on hand with solar telescopes, and materials to make pinhole cameras.
One great activity at the Oasis will be making your name in lights. Visitors will use thumbtacks to spell their names with holes in a piece of paper, then hold the paper up to another piece of paper to watch the name light up during the eclipse.
The program starts at 9 a.m. and runs through 11:30 a.m. at the Oasis of Mara. There’s no cost for the program, but you will need to pay the park admission at the Visitor’s Center.