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The Great American Eclipse

April 8, 2024 is the Great American Eclipse.  The path of the total eclipse passes through Indiana, and in northern Indiana it will be 95% to 98% totality.  There are a number of places in Indiana’s Cool North where you can learn about the eclipse and view the eclipse safely without battling the large crowds and traffic congestion.  Some of the events will have a party going on, and even suggest themed dress up.

Solar Eclipse Planetarium Shows

Where: 2300 173rd Street, Hammond
When: April 1, 10am to 3pm CDT

The Challenger Learning Center at Purdue Northwest in Hammond offers an opportunity to learn about eclipses BEFORE the big event.  On April 1, they will feature 5 shows that will entertain, from exploring outer space to seeing how the Moon and Sun impact pop culture.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Central Park Plaza

Where: 70 Lafayette, Valparaiso
When: April 8, noon to 3:30pm CDT

Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso offers  a viewing party from noon to 3:30 pm.  The Valpo Parks is joining with the Valparaiso University Society of Physics students to offer educational materials and a safe viewing of the 95% eclipse.  Food trucks will be on hand and a limited supply of ISO-certified Eclipse glasses will be on sale.

The Great American Eclipse

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

Where: 109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso
When: April 8, 1:30pm CDT

The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve in Valparaiso is planning a party atmosphere, even suggesting dressing up in your best sun and moon themed attire.  View the 96% cover, and the first 100 people will receive ISO certified viewing glasses.

Total Eclipse of the Sun at Ox Bow County Park

Where: 23033 County Road 45, Ox Bow Haus Shelter, Goshen
When: April 8, 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Ox Bow County Park in Elkhart will have a naturalist on hand, as well as a telescope with a sun filter for observing the eclipse in real time.

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Solar Eclipse Party at the Elkhart Environmental Center

Where: 1717 East Lusher Ave, Elkhart
When: April 8, 2-3pm

The Elkhart Environmental Center invites you to view the eclipse at their Solar Eclipse Party from 2 to 3pm on April 8.  Themed snacks and music will be provided, along with glasses for safe viewing.

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Eclipse Watch Party on the Irish Green

Where: University of Notre Dame
When: April 8, 1-4:30pm

The University of Notre Dame will host an Eclipse Watch Party on the Irish Green from 1 to 4:30pm.  Watch the 97% percent of totality on campus, with eclipse glasses available at the event.

There will be several other opportunities for educational events at Notre Dame leading up to April 8.  See a list of those events HERE.