Abingdon will experience an almost total eclipse of the sun on Monday August 21, 2017 at 2:37pm.
It’s the event of a lifetime, and Abingdon is a great place to witness this amazing phenomenon. According to NASA’s interactive map, Abingdon will experience a 95% eclipse of the sun. The eclipse will start around 1:00pm, and reach maximum coverage at 2:37pm, lasting a little over 2 minutes. It will take another hour or so for the partial eclipse to end, finishing around 4:00pm.
Sounds like a great excuse to take the afternoon off! Head to one of these ideal viewing spots in Abingdon, then make it a day-long celebration with lunch beforehand or dinner after! We’ve compiled a list of restaurants open on Mondays.
NOTE: To safely enjoy the eclipse, be sure to take precautions, like purchasing light-filtering glasses. According to NASA, “The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.” You can purchase solar filter glasses at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, and join them for the Eclipse Party on the 21st!
If you choose to buy eclipse glasses online, visit the NASA site for a list of reputable vendors, and look for the ISO 12312-2 safety standard marking. Or, consider making a simple pinhole camera.
Great locations for eclipse viewing:
415 Academy Dr NW, Abingdon, VA 24210
Located on one of the highest hills in Abingdon, the museum’s front lawn will provide a great view of the sky. On-site parking. The Museum is open until 5:00pm, so drop in and browse the exhibits while you are there – it’s free!
425 Oakland St SW, Abingdon, VA 24210
Limited parking available at the park itself, or park at Food City for a short walk across Oakland Street to the park.
300 Stanley St, Abingdon, VA 24210
On-site parking. Kids will enjoy the playground while waiting for the eclipse.
1 Heartwood Cir, Abingdon, VA 24210
Heartwood is hosting a Solar Eclipse Party on the 21st, featuring a viewing on the front lawn, and optional eclipse themed lunch. Ample parking available at Heartwood, and at the adjoining Virginia Highlands Community College. Heartwood is open until 5:00pm with regional art, music and a full-service restaurant (restaurant closes at 3:00pm).
Restaurants open Monday
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