Eclipse 2017 in Colorado: Local watch parties, events happening Monday

Posted at 4:14 PM, Aug 19, 2017

DENVER – If you’re reading this, it probably means you didn’t make it to Wyoming and are now wondering what you’ll be doing during the Great American Eclipse.

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If you don’t want to stay home and watch it from our Denver7 livestream and Facebook pages, we’ve compiled the following list of events that will be taking place on Monday for your eclipse-viewing enjoyment: 

1. Head out to the Museum of Nature and Science

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is hosting events all day on Monday, Aug. 21, for the Great American Eclipse. There is a general admission price you’ll have to pay to get in and participate, however. Events range from safe solar-scope viewing, to becoming an eclipse explorer with the National Park Service, to “Eclipsercise.”

Find out about their other events taking place through the day by clicking here.

2. Experience the solar eclipse from a national historic landmark! 

Crows are gathering at Denver's Civic Center Park to watch the Great American Eclipse. You can read more about the event on their Facebook page

3. Watch the solar eclipse with telescopes at the Auraria Campus

The Community College of Denver’s Astronomy Department will set up two telescopes on the Auraria Campus near the Confluence building to view the Great American Eclipse on Monday. Safety viewing glasses will be provided.

The telescopes will be out by around 10 a.m. (the eclipse starts at 10:24 a.m., peaks at 11:47 a.m. and ends at 1:16 p.m.) at 800 Curtis Street, which is close to the light rail side of campus.

NASA has sent a big box of eclipse glasses and a bunch of pinhole projectors. They will be giving out for free while they last, so they’re encouraging people to share since they don’t know how many people to expect on Monday.

4. Prepare to stretch while doing some eclipsercise

This could only happen in Colorado.

If you want to salute the sun during the Great American Eclipse, then head out to the Urban Sanctuary Courtyard, located at 2745 Welton Street in Denver.

The yoga class is $20, but you’ll get eclipse glasses to view the eclipse as it passes through Denver.

5. View the eclipse from Colorado’s ski resorts

Ski resorts are mostly closed in the summer, and this rare astronomical experience is the perfect excuse to get out and get to the slopes. Both Vail and Beaver Creek are holding watch parties on Monday.

At Vail, get ready to take a gondola ride to Eagle’s Nest and take a guided hike to a prime viewing spot. At Beaver Creek Mountain, spectators will get a chance to view this astronomical event at over 9,000 feet. 

6. Not in the mood for the crowds? View the eclipse from the comfort of your home will be livestreaming the Great American Eclipse live on our website and Facebook pages. We'll be starting our full solar eclipse coverage on Monday morning.

Do you know of other solar eclipse watch parties in Colorado? Email the writer and let him know so he can add them to this list.