Indy Area Solar Eclipse Guide | Events, Activities & How to See it

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see this awe inspiring sight – a total solar eclipse. The moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s corona will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

While the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse will not be a total eclipse in Indiana, you can still enjoy it as a partial eclipse. Here’s a list of Eclipse events leading up to and on the day of the Solar Eclipse for your family to experience together locally in Indiana. If we’re missing an Indianapolis are Solar Eclipse event, please let us know.

August 5, 2017 through September 13

Art of the Eclipse

Various Indianapolis Public Library Branches
Dates, times and locations vary from August 5th through September 13th School-age children are invited to join Art With a Heart for a program full of art and science inspired by the stars, sun, moon and the August eclipse. Please visit the above link for the complete schedule and to register online.

Sunday, August 13


The Great American Eclipse: Standing in the Shadow of the Moon

Central Library in Indianapolis
2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Individuals of all ages are invited to a one-hour multi-media presentation by Kurt Williams, Deputy Director of Link Observatory Space Science, who will illustrate the latest animations to describe the science of our sun, the orbital dynamics of solar eclipses, and details about the Great American Eclipse occurring on August 21. Attendees will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses while supplies last, one pair per person. This program will be held in Central Library’s Riley Room.

Thursday, August 17

Sun and Moon Toddler Storytime

Lawrence Branch – Indianapolis Public Library
10:30 A.M.
Toddlers 2 and 3 years old and an adult are invited to celebrate the upcoming eclipse with a sun and moon-themed storytime. They’ll enjoy simple stories, songs, bubbles and a special craft!

Saturday, August 19

Gotta Wear Shades: Eclipse Program

Glendale Branch – Indianapolis Public Library
2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Families are invited to get ready for the solar eclipse on August 21 by discovering how to view the sun safely and making a pinhole viewer. The first 25 participants will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses (one per family). Families are asked to bring a small box for each child.

Sunday, August 20

Eclipse Program

The Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
11:30 a.m.
Link Observatory will conduct a unique program about the solar Eclipse that will occur on Aug 21. The program will last about 45 minutes, then a solar viewing through the telescopes will be held between 12:30-2pm.

Monday, August 2


Homeschool: The Great American Solar Eclipse

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
12:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Although this program is listed as a Homeschool program, it is open to the public. Recommended for families with children ages 4 and up. $4 for members, $8 for member youths, $5 for non-members, $10 for non-member youths. Purchase tickets at the above link

Solar Eclipse Viewing

Eagle Creek Park at Earth Discovery Center in Indianapolis
1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Here in Indianapolis we’ll have about 90% coverage, not a total eclipse, but that should still be enough to provide some fun viewing. Learn how to view the eclipse safely using a pinhole projector. Drop in anytime between 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. The eclipse should start a little before 1:00 P.M., and the most coverage for our area occurs around 2:24 P.M. Free with park admission.

Live Streaming of the Solar Eclipse

Carmel Clay Public Library
11:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Join us for live streaming of the solar eclipse on the big screen. This is an excellent opportunity for safe viewing of the eclipse for all ages. NASA EDGE is joining forces with the NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium to air a live webcast of this historic event, and will introduce you to the science of eclipse with a variety of NASA experts, including mission scientists, engineers and educators. Come inside, cool off with some yummy refreshments and watch the shadow of the moon block out the sun. NASA EDGE will give you the best seat in the house at the Carmel Clay Public Library. No registration is required. For more information, call the Reference desk at 317-84-3362.

The Great American Eclipse Viewing

Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in Fishers
12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Here in Fishers, we will not have a total eclipse but we will have a partial eclipse with approximately 91% of the sun covered by the moon. The partial eclipse will begin at approximately 12:57 and end around 3:48 with the midpoint at 2:25. The midpoint is the time when the majority of the sun will be covered.  Join Hamilton East Public Library at the NPD Amphitheater and receive free eclipse glasses, viewing safety information, and a chocolate moonpie. Live NASA coverage of the event will be available in the library’s meeting rooms. Fun event for all ages! No registration required.

Solar Eclipse 2017

South End of Purdue Memorial Mall at Purdue University
12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Join the Purdue Astronomy Club for the viewing of one of nature’s most amazing shows – a  solar eclipse! FREE eclipse glasses for safe, direct viewing – while supplies last. Solar-filtered telescopes provided for your viewing pleasure. Learn more about the exciting field of astronomy. Purdue’s campus will experience 90% occultation at 2:22 P.M. This is a free viewing party open to the public.

Solar Eclipse Viewing

Monroe Lake by Swimming Beach (look for sign)
12:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.
This program will be cancelled in the event of completely overcast or stormy skies. However, if the sky is only partly cloudy, the program will go on as scheduled – our view of the sun may just be blocked for periods of time until the clouds move. We’ll have solar viewing glasses that visitors can use to safely look directly at the sun (even 95% covered, you need to have proper eye protection!), and you can also make a pinhole viewer to project an image of the eclipsed sun on the ground.

Visit this link for information on rates and fees into Indiana State Parks.

Kayak the Eclipse

Patoka Lake
12:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Join the Naturalist for a water view of the total solar eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun. Our area will experience nearly 98% darkness for approximately 2.5 minutes with partial eclipse beginning around 12:55 P.M. This unique opportunity will not happen again in our lifetime! Bring life jackets and preferred snacks or refreshments. Be sure to bring binoculars to observe the reactions of area wildlife to this occurrence. Special solar glasses will be provided to the first 20 participants. Meet at South Lick Fork Boat Ramp off Highway 164 no later than 12:15 P.M. to register. Night boating laws will be followed so be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight that can be attached to the front of your boat. Non-motorized launch permits are required and will be sold at the ramp for $5. Visit this link for information on rates and fees into Indiana State Parks.

Solar Eclipse (Partial)

Charlestown State Park
12:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Eclipse Glasses will be provided. The partial eclipse that will be going over our area is set to start at 12:59 and continue on until 3:52. Arrive a little early to ensure you are all set up to view this amazing astronomical event! Visit this link for information on rates and fees into Indiana State Parks.

Solar Eclipse Viewing

Clifty Falls State Park
2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Meet at the back lawn of Clifty Inn to witness this once in a lifetime astronomical event! Cold refreshments and viewing glasses will be provided.  This is FREE with your park admission

Solar Eclipse Viewing

Turkey Run State Park
2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Safely view this natural phenomena with a Naturalist in the open grassy area by the pool. Bring a chair, blanket, and solar viewing glasses. Learn about what causes the unique display. Visit this link for information on rates and fees into Indiana State Parks.

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