Here’s Where to Catch the Partial Eclipse in Delaware

The First State is outside the path of totality for the upcoming solar eclipse, but here's where to catch a partial view in Delaware on April 8.

On April 8, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse—an event during which the moon passes between the Earth and sun to completely block out the face of the sun. This phenomenon is a coveted sight to observe because the bright face of the sun usually obscures the corona—or outer atmosphere. Those in the path of totality for the four and a half minutes of the eclipse will be able to look directly into the sun, witnessing the outer atmosphere with their own eyes.

While astronomy enthusiasts may be flocking to cities in the path of totality, there are plenty of places to take in the sights of a partial eclipse right here in the First State.

Eclipse Timeline

Wondering when you’ll get to witness the partial eclipse in Delaware? Here’s the breakdown according to timeanddate.com.

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The partial eclipse will begin at 2:07 p.m. Gradually, the moon will cover more of the sun’s face until the maximum eclipse at 3:23 p.m. This is the point in time when the sun is the most hidden it will be in Delaware. While it’s still a partial eclipse, it’s bound to be quite the sight to behold. The end of the partial eclipse will take place at 4:34 p.m., when the moon is no longer in the sun’s path.

How to Watch

There will be no point during the event in Delaware when it’s safe to look at the sun with the naked eye. If you go to an eclipse-viewing event, they may have the proper eyewear available, but check ahead of time to ensure you’re prepared. Big box stores like Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes have been stocking safe eyewear in preparation.

Where to See the Partial Eclipse

There’s no need to leave your own backyard as the eclipse will be visible everywhere if the skies are clear. An event like this is a great reason to get outdoors, though! Now that you know when to watch and how to prepare, here are a few spots across Delaware to witness the partial solar eclipse.

Delaware Museum of Nature & Science

Join the Delaware Museum of Nature & Science for an eclipse-viewing party! Tickets for the event also included admission to the museum for the day, so show up early and look around before going outside to view the eclipse.
4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington

Rockford Park

You’re certain to run into plenty of Wilmington-area residents at Rockford Park for the eclipse. With plenty of wide open space and a convenient location, Rockford Park is an ideal viewing area.
Lookout Drive, Wilmington

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New Castle Battery Park

The backdrop of charming Historic New Castle is a great spot to experience this historic event. Battery Park borders the river and has plenty of walking trails, benches and open area to witness the eclipse.
1 Delaware Street, New Castle

Bombay Hook Natural Wildlife Refuge

Nearly 16,000 acres of natural area is a great place to catch any astronomical event. With plenty of space to spread out, this is is an ideal option for those who prefer peace and quiet.
2591 Witehall Neck Road, Smyrna

Cape Henlopen State Park

Cape Henlopen organized a gathering for the partial eclipse. Registration to guarantee a complimentary pair of Safe Solar Glasses is sold out, so bring a pair along!
15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes

The Beaches

Whether you prefer Lewes Beach, Rehoboth or Dewey, Bethany Beach or Fenwick, Delaware has plenty of shoreline to witness the eclipse.

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