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Eclipse Viewing Parties To Be Held Across NE Ohio


As the moon prepares for its eclipse of the sun on August 21, many local museums and libraries are preparing to host viewing parties of the event. 

At the Summit County Historical Society, the viewing party features…  a flock of sheep. Visitors to the event, which will be held at the Simon Perkins Stone Mansion – also known as “Mutton Hill” -- will be able to witness the reaction of the herd to the abnormally dim mid-day sky.

The Historical Society’s Leianne Neff Heppner says that the eclipse provides a unique chance to fulfill the group’s mission.

"The Summit County Historical Society’s primary missions deal with preservation, interpretation, and education, and right now we have a special opportunity for first-person interpretation -- but instead of people, it’s sheep," says Heppner.

Heppner says that because these particular sheep have never experienced an eclipse before, it’s uncertain how they’ll react: they might get ready to sleep, bah at each other, or simply become confused. The event is free to visitors of all ages, and glasses for safely viewing the eclipse will be available.





  • Summit Metroparks will host solar eclipse viewings at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center in Akron and Liberty Park Nature Center in Twinsburg.







  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Ralph Mueller Observatory will be open for viewing the eclipse from 1 to 4 p.m., weather permitting. The image of the sun will be projected on a screen from the finder telescope, and safe viewing glasses for viewing the sun will be on hand for visitors. Planetarium programs on the eclipse scheduled through the end of August in the Nathan and Fannye Shafran Planetarium.


  • Blesser Park in Avon Lake will have a viewing party from 1 to 4 p.m., with astronomers and representatives from NASA. Activities will include making pinhole projectors to view the partial eclipse. Entertainment by The Glenn Band. Solar glasses will be provided.









Annie Wu is the deputy editor of digital content for Ideastream Public Media.