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New Orleans solar eclipse: Where to watch on August 21

Beautiful places to spend that Monday afternoon

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A solar eclipse happens today and New Orleans residents get to see part of it.

The natural phenomenon will be visible in New Orleans on Monday, August 21, starting at 11:58 a.m. While you can see the eclipse anywhere the sky is visible, Curbed NOLA created a map of viewing parties the most beautiful places to watch it.

If you want to see a totality, a full eclipse will be visible in Nashville, Tennessee, which is about 530 miles from New Orleans.

Officials at NASA recommend that you use protective eye-ware and filters when viewing a solar eclipse.

Stuck at work? Check out this NASA Live Stream of the eclipse airing on Monday, August 21, at 12 p.m.

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Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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If you’re looking for a rooftop experience, this museum will host a viewing party on its terrace starting at 11:30 a.m. today, August 21. The Ogden will supply a limited number of solar glasses and complimentary soft drinks. Admission to the viewing party is free for museum members and Louisiana residents and is half-price regular museum admission to non-Louisiana residence.

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Milan Lounge

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If you want to jumpstart your Monday, this bar will host a celebration party, complete with cocktails and solar glasses, during the Eclipse. The friendly get-together will start at 11:30 a.m. today and end at 3:30 p.m.

Xavier University of Louisiana, NCF Complex

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On Monday, between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Xavier University’s physics department will have telescope and glasses for public viewing on Drexel Drive and Short Street.

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Earl K. Long Library

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The University of New Orleans will hold a viewing party at at Earl K. Long Library on Monday, August 21. Starting at 10:30 a.m., UNO astrophysicist Greg Seab and UNO math instructor Joel Webb will host presentations on the solar eclipse. The event is free and open to the public. 

Seab says that the library has a limited amount of solar viewing glasses and projectors available, which will be shared among the attendees. Solar Eclipse viewing will start at 1:20 p.m. at the Quads outside of the library.

Lafayette Square Conservancy

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New Orleans photographer Zack Smith announced that he will be taking photos of the Solar Eclipse in the city at this prime sport. Whether if you want a relaxing environment, or learn how to photograph a solar eclipse, this green space should rank high on your viewing spot list.

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Ace Hotel New Orleans

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Listed as one of the best hotel pools in New Orleans, you can view the solar eclipse while enjoying the rooftop pool at this site.

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Big Lake

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Why not enjoy this natural phenomenon at the comfort of the Chime Trees and Big Lake at City Park? And, if you’re daring enough, you can rent a paddleboat during the highlight of the natural event.

Butterfly Riverview Park

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Recommended by New Orleans photographer Zack Smith, you can see the Mississippi River, gorgeous trees, and, of course, the eclipse.

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Woldenberg Park

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Take a trip to the edge of the East Bank to this French Quarter park. Among beautiful scenery and the cool breeze from the river, you’ll be able to get an unobstructed view of the Eclipse.

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Mississippi River Trail, Algiers Point

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If you rather not have any buildings potentially blocking your view of the celestial event, then consider viewing the eclipse in New Orleans’s second oldest neighborhoods.

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Ogden Museum of Southern Art

If you’re looking for a rooftop experience, this museum will host a viewing party on its terrace starting at 11:30 a.m. today, August 21. The Ogden will supply a limited number of solar glasses and complimentary soft drinks. Admission to the viewing party is free for museum members and Louisiana residents and is half-price regular museum admission to non-Louisiana residence.

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Milan Lounge

If you want to jumpstart your Monday, this bar will host a celebration party, complete with cocktails and solar glasses, during the Eclipse. The friendly get-together will start at 11:30 a.m. today and end at 3:30 p.m.

Xavier University of Louisiana, NCF Complex

NCF Academic Complex at Xavier University.
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On Monday, between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Xavier University’s physics department will have telescope and glasses for public viewing on Drexel Drive and Short Street.

NCF Academic Complex at Xavier University.
via Xavier University of Louisiana.

Earl K. Long Library

The University of New Orleans will hold a viewing party at at Earl K. Long Library on Monday, August 21. Starting at 10:30 a.m., UNO astrophysicist Greg Seab and UNO math instructor Joel Webb will host presentations on the solar eclipse. The event is free and open to the public. 

Seab says that the library has a limited amount of solar viewing glasses and projectors available, which will be shared among the attendees. Solar Eclipse viewing will start at 1:20 p.m. at the Quads outside of the library.

Lafayette Square Conservancy

New Orleans photographer Zack Smith announced that he will be taking photos of the Solar Eclipse in the city at this prime sport. Whether if you want a relaxing environment, or learn how to photograph a solar eclipse, this green space should rank high on your viewing spot list.

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Ace Hotel New Orleans

Listed as one of the best hotel pools in New Orleans, you can view the solar eclipse while enjoying the rooftop pool at this site.

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Big Lake

Why not enjoy this natural phenomenon at the comfort of the Chime Trees and Big Lake at City Park? And, if you’re daring enough, you can rent a paddleboat during the highlight of the natural event.

Butterfly Riverview Park

Recommended by New Orleans photographer Zack Smith, you can see the Mississippi River, gorgeous trees, and, of course, the eclipse.

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Woldenberg Park

Take a trip to the edge of the East Bank to this French Quarter park. Among beautiful scenery and the cool breeze from the river, you’ll be able to get an unobstructed view of the Eclipse.

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Mississippi River Trail, Algiers Point

If you rather not have any buildings potentially blocking your view of the celestial event, then consider viewing the eclipse in New Orleans’s second oldest neighborhoods.

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