While the narrow “path of totality” of Monday’s solar eclipse will fall five hundred miles north of San Francisco, if the fog clears on Aug. 21 the city could still enjoy a rare partial eclipse.
Eclipse watchers in San Francisco will see the moon cover about 75 percent of the sun. The sky will begin to darken around 9 a.m., with the darkest two minutes coming around 10:15 a.m. Here’s where you can enjoy the show in San Francisco:
- Candlestick Point State Recreation Area: Bayview/Hunters Point residents can catch a glimpse right here in their own backyards! California Academy of Sciences experts will be on hand at Jackrabbit Picnic Area starting at 8:30 a.m.
- California Academy of Sciences: If you’d prefer to head to the Academy, staff will bring out solar telescopes to observe the partial eclipse from the roof and East Garden, starting at 9:30 a.m. A live internet feed of the eclipse will also be available in the Naturalist Center and via monitors on the museum floor.
- Cupid’s Span: Burning Man project PlayaBeest is hosting an eclipse viewing party from 10-11 a.m. on Aug. 21 at Cupid’s Span in the Embarcadero.
- Exploratorium: Visitors will be able to watch a partial solar eclipse outside on the Exploratorium’s Plaza. Additionally, the Exploratorium will share a NASA live stream of the event starting at 9 a.m.
- Grandview Park: This park may be small, but its hilltop will be an excellent spot to see the eclipse and a 360-degree view of San Francisco. Reaching the top requires a short walk upstairs and a trail.
- Treasure Island: While you may need to leave early to avoid traffic, Treasure Island is a great place to get away from city high rises and snack on a picnic brunch as the moon makes its mid-morning trip across the sun. As a bonus, you’ll also have an excellent view of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco.
- Twin Peaks: At an altitude that can sit above San Francisco’s fog layer, Twin Peaks is one of the highest points in the city and provides an expansive sky view that’s ideal for eclipse watching.
Regardless of where you see the eclipse, be sure to watch through special eye protection. “Eclipse glasses,” which can be purchased online or in stores, will block out harmful rays that can damage your eyes. Keep them on any time you look directly at any part of the sun.
This is the first time since 1979 that a total eclipse will be visible from the continental United States—and the next time won’t be until 2024. Don’t miss this opportunity to see even a partial view of this spectacular celestial event!