Come celebrate the total solar eclipse with the Henry County Conservation Department!
A solar eclipse is a line-up of the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth during a New Moon phase. The Moon will cast a shadow on our planet when it is directly between the Sun and Earth. Due to our location in southeast Iowa, we will only see a partial eclipse. It will peak around 1:08 p.m.
This is a rare and spectacular celestial event. It is the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades. The last one occurred February 26, 1979. However, August 21, 2017, will mark the first time in ninety-nine years that such an event can be seen coast to coast.
The Henry County Conservation Department will have activities and solar glasses for use at the event. Tom Ellsworth will be present with his telescope for safe viewing of the eclipse. This is a free, come-and-go-as-you-please celebration for all ages. You may preregister at mycountyparks.com for this event.