Don’t miss out on the first U.S. solar eclipse in 40 years

Solar eclipse

The last total solar eclipse viewed from contiguous U.S. occurred in 1979. After today’s total solar eclipse (Monday, Aug. 21, 2017), the next annular solar eclipse that can be seen in the continental U.S. will be Oct. 14, 2023.

Anyone within the path of totality (from Lincoln Beach, Ore. to Charleston, SC) can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. Observers outside this path (Natchitoches for instance) will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

Join the Cane River Creole National Historical Park at Magnolia Plantation on Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the solar eclipse event. Take part in ranger talks, citizen science, and other eclipse activities. You can make a pinhole projector and a limited number of safe solar glasses will be available. Please feel free to bring your own NASA approved solar viewers, blanket and/or chair, snacks and experience the eclipse across America.

Skywatchers are also invited to an observation party at Natchitoches Parish Library, hosted by Northwestern State University Professor Dr. Chad Thibodeaux, from 1-2 p.m. when the sun should be most covered. Natchitoches Parish Library will be giving away special glasses for the event.

NASA will offer Eyes on the Eclipse, an interactive, 3D simulation of the total eclipse, which offers two options: one for desktops and laptops, and one that’s web-based for phones or any mobile device. For more information and to download the app, visit