Astronomical Observing at Fishcreek
Monday 8/21/2017
PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE w/80.53% Sun Covered
From 1:07 PM
until 3:52 PM

this page last updated: 8/25/2017 at 8:47 AM

Update: As of Friday 8/25/2017 at 8:47 AM:

Status posted just prior to heading to Silver Springs Park on Monday 8/21/2017 at 10:00 AM:

Local weather forecasts be darned... Full speed ahead!
Conditions may prevent the large solar telescopes from being set up
but they're packed and being taken to Silver Springs for setup @12:00 PM.
We're proceeding with the event as planned. We'll deal with changing conditions as required.
It's Ohio, we should be used to this abuse.
This will be the final status update prior to the event.

POST-ECLIPSE EVENT UPDATE: Were the skies perfect?  No, but perfectly acceptable.
Were there periods we couldn't see the eclipse happening?  Yes, but brief.
Did approximately 1000 people that attended get
to see the wonders of celestial mechanics at work?
We had an incredible group of people here and a FABULOUS TIME!!!

Photos from our event are posted below. Did you take any you'd like to share?

Click on thumbnails below to see full-size images

Eager eclipse-watchers
in line as we arrived to set up the telescopes just after 11:00 AM! Seeing that, we knew we were in for a crowd. We were not disappointed! Estimates are at or close to 1000 participants.

Line waiting for a turn at the H-alpha and white light telescopes 20 minutes prior to maximum eclipse. We actually had a huge line at the eyepieces more than an hour before the eclipse even began.

The line never stopped growing! This was taken 30 minutes after maximum eclipse. Not one person complained about the long wait in line nor the relatively short time at the telescopes' eyepieces.

We were thrilled to see so many folks of every description waiting patiently in 91°F temperatures to have a look through the solar telescopes. From tiny babies to octogenarians of every conceivable description.

Thank goodness for assistance! Rosa worked tirelessly the entire 4 hours we were there. She blocked the glare from the eyes of those at the white light telescope and kept the line moving!

We used pieces of cardboard to shield the eyes of those at the eyepiece to give them a better view. H-alpha provides a thrilling view but the deep red at 5652.8 Angstroms is difficult for the uninitiated. The shield helped them to better appreciate the view - which was stunning with lots of detail - especially in the active regions around the sunspots.

This young future astro-physicist really took her time to study the view in white light! We must have been asked a thousand times why the Sun looked green! (it was due to the Solar Continuum filter!)

Tom M. was there with his Coronado PST to show folks the Sun in H-alpha light. The views in H-a were absolutely stunning with lots of detail visible around the sunspots. The sunspots, and the H-a detail around them, provided a reference point against which to compare the motion of the Moon's obstruction. We were thrilled the sunspots showed up 6 days prior to the eclipse!

This is a photo taken of the eclipsed Sun just 10 minutes after maximum eclipse.

A shout out to Kimpton’s 8th grader Andrew (Andy) C. for this picture of the eclipsed Sun with his cell phone. Image was captured through Tom M's PST using the "eyepiece projection" method. Beautifully done, Andy!

April 8, 2024 - date of a total eclipse in NE Ohio - is only 2,422 days away!

Current Sun
in white light

Current Sun
in H-alpha

  Weather forecasts and reports will be shown here up to 11:00 AM of Eclipse day  
Partial Solar Eclipse Program
Monday August 21, 2017
From 1:00PM until 4:00PM
Click here to see
NASA site on safe
viewing of the Eclipse

Location for safe viewing of the eclipse:
Silver Springs Park
5005 Stow Rd
Stow, Ohio  4422
Click here for map and directions

Click here to see
NASA site on safe
viewing of the Eclipse

Presented by local astronomers and members of the ACA (Astronomy Club of Akron)

 We will have a program (weather conditions allowing, of course) to observe the partial solar eclipse occurring in the early afternoon of Monday, 8/21/2017. Totality will be experienced across the USA from the west coast of Oregon to the east coast of South Carolina. Unfortunately, Ohio is over 450 miles north of the line of totality. However, we'll experience a significant partial eclipse with 80.49% of the Sun's disk hidden from view by the Moon. The ACA (Astronomy Club of Akron - will be holding their official event here as well. We'll have specially filtered solar telescopes to safely observe this event in both white-light and H-α (hydrogen-alpha) light allowing views of sunspots, facula, solar prominences, plage, filaments, and other solar details if they're present at the time we're observing the Sun.

We'll also have 254 pair of CERTIFIED SAFE solar viewing glasses (which meet the requirements for ISO 12312-2:2015 and certified by British Standards Institute #0086 Notified body HP2 4SQ) that will be provided (one per family) so that everyone will be able to experience the eclipse for themselves in real-time.

Some other sites you may be interested in visiting:

NASA JPL site: Make a Safe Pinhole Camera to Safely Observe the Eclipse!

Click here for another excellent site with information on the "Great American Eclipse"


 Sunglasses - no matter how good - are NOT TO BE USED !!
                                      NEVER  LOOK  AT  THE  SUN  WITHOUT  PROPER  EYE  PROTECTION - Sunglasses are NOT ADEQUATE PROTECTION !!!

Entrance to Silver Springs Park, 5005 Stow Rd, Stow, OH when NE bound on Stow Road.
Note, this is less than a mile from Fishcreek School where this event had originally been planned.

The graphic below shows an aerial image of Silver Springs Park where we'll be set up to safely view the eclipse.

Here are the times for the eclipse:



Time (EDT Eastern Daylight Time)

Start of partial eclipse (C1): Monday 8/21/2017

1:07:13 PM

Maximum eclipse (Max): Monday 8/21/2017

2:31:54 PM (80.49% coverage)

End of partial eclipse (C4): Monday 8/21/2017

3:52:03 PM

To see exact eclipse data for a location of your choice, visit this site: link

Equipment we will have available to see the eclipse in both hydrogen-alpha and white light.
Note: click image for larger, more detailed view.

Below is a computer-generated graphic to show how the eclipse will appear to us here in Stow, Ohio:

Image below shows the sky from Stow, OH at time of maximum eclipse. Venus, shinning brightly at mag -3.9,
will be 34° to the right of the 80% eclipsed Sun and should be visible if the skies are clear. Mars and Mercury are
reasonably close to the Sun as well, but much too dim to be seen. Click the chart for a larger clearer version.

The map below shows the path of the eclipse with the dark band indicating the path of totality.
Times shown are all EDT (Eastern Daylight Time). As you can see, Stow (and all of NE Ohio)
is over 400 miles from Hopkinsville in western Kentucky - the location of maximum eclipse.
Click the map below - or this text - to see a zoom-able detailed interactive map created by
Xavier M. Jubier, 1991-2017* - IAU member 15159 (Working Group on Solar Eclipses)
Please note that mobile devices may have some difficulty navigating the linked site.


New feature: The "T" on each object's line in the chart above indicates the time of transit in addition to the rise and set times for the object.

Sunrise:     6:38 am (EDT)
Sun transit:     1:28 pm (EDT)
Sunset:     8:18 pm (EDT)
Moonrise:     6:20 am (EDT) - Aug 21
Moon transit:     1:27 pm (EDT) - Aug 21
Moonset:     8:24 pm (EDT) - Aug 21
Moon phase:     0.0% (New Moon)


Visible satellite passes from the Fishcreek Observing Site tonight:


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Iridium Flares:

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Live AccuWeather Satellite Mosaic

Jet Stream (updates automatically to latest available image)
    The Jet Stream affects astronomical "seeing" (steadiness of the air)
    If we're in a gray area, seeing will not be as good as in a white area.
    If we're in a white area, the shorter the arrows, the better.


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