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Solar eclipse viewing parties in greater Reno area

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For those scrambling to secure plans for the hottest ticket of the summer -- or the century, for some -- there are a number of viewing parties and events planned in the greater Reno-Carson area for the solar eclipse.

The sun will go dark between 9-11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21. In Reno, 83 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon at its apex, which is expected at 10:20 a.m. Here are the places you can watch the celestial phenomenon.

Eclipse watch party at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

The Nevada Conservation League is hosting a viewing party at Rancho San Rafael Region Park. The NCL says it will only have roughly 25 eclipse glasses to share with the group, so make sure to bring your own glasses to ensure you'll have a pair.

Solar eclipse viewing at the Discovery Museum

Starting at 9 a.m., the first 300 people to arrive at the Discovery Museum in downtown Reno will receive free eclipse viewing glasses.

Celebrate solar eclipse at Western Nevada College

The Jack C. Davis Observatory at Western Nevada College will open at 8:30 a.m. for the public to get a better view of the solar eclipse. The observatory says it will provide a few telescopes with appropriate filters, as well as access to its Sunspotter.

Solar eclipse watch party at Idlewild Park

The Truckee Meadows Park Foundation will host a viewing party at its park office at Idlewild Park, starting at 9 a.m. People interested in attending are asked to bring their own glasses and arrive no later than 10:15 a.m.

Solar eclipse viewing party at Sugar Pine Point State Park

Sugar Pine Point State Park in Tahoma, California is hosting a viewing party at its Nature Center/Visitor Center, starting at 9:45 a.m. Solar viewing glasses will be available for a $5 donation or for purchase ahead of time at the visitor center store. Cost is $10 for parking.

Solar eclipse show at the University of Nevada, Reno's Fleischmann Planetarium

In the Fleischmann Planetarium Dome Theatre is a special show about solar eclipses that will be shown daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., with an additional 7 p.m. show on Mondays through Saturdays in August.

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