Are you looking for places to watch the upcoming solar eclipse? We’ve done the research and picked our favorite spots to give you an open view of the solar eclipse on Monday. Whether you want some educational activities to accompany the moment, or you just want a nice quiet spot to check out this rare event, here are the top five places to watch the solar eclipse in Stockton, CA.
Oh, and don’t forget – if you just want to watch the solar eclipse from the comfort of your own home, the San Joaquin County Office of Education will be live streaming the event on their YouTube channel. Check it out!
When is the Solar Eclipse?
Date: August 21st, 2017
Solar Eclipse Viewing Time for Stockton, CA: 9:02 AM to 11:39 AM (prime viewing time at 10:17 AM)
Oak Grove Park is a great place to set down your lawn chair and wait for the eclipse to happen. You can park your seats near Oak Grove Lake or else pick a spot in one of the open field areas. As long as you have an open view of the sky, you’re all set. And since the eclipse happens in the morning, you might as well take yourself on a walk through the park after and catch some fresh air.
If you’re a student at the University of the Pacific or you are there for some other reason, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the solar eclipse, too. Classes don’t start until August 28th, so the campus will be empty and there will be plenty of spaces with an open view of the solar eclipse. We recommend trying the rose garden, Brookside field, or even one of the various parking lots on campus.
Hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society and the Astronomy Department at Delta College, you can come check out the solar eclipse for free. Check out the Stockton Astronomical Society’s page here, complete with a map of the campus, fact sheet, activity guide, and more. If you want more of a guided, interactive experience, then we highly recommend Delta College as a place to watch the solar eclipse in Stockton.
4. Louis Park
For optimum solar eclipse viewing in Stockton, all you really need in order to have a great view of the solar eclipse is a wide open space with a direct view of the sky – and the softball field in Louis Park offers just that. We can’t guarantee there won’t be any games going on, but even if there are, just kick back, watch some softball, and remember to look up at the sky around 10:15.
Buckley Cove Park is located right on the water next to the San Joaquin River. This park offers open views of the sky, making it perfect for watching the 2017 solar eclipse in Stockton. Bring a camera so you can take some snapshots of the beautiful views of the water, too. Oh, and did we mention there is a boat launch? If you happen to have a boat, you might as well be out on the water to have a truly unique eclipse viewing experience.
Where are You Going to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Stockton?
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