On Monday, August 21 the moon will completely cover the sun casting a mystical afternoon twilight across the United States for the first time in nearly a century.Howard County happen to be in one of the best position on the East Coast during nature's greatest spectacle. Here's what you need to know about experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime event in Howard County:

Here's how it will go, starting at 1:18 p.m. EDT, the moon will start to take over the sun gradually moving in front of the sun, at 2:42 p.m. EDT it will reach a total eclipse of about 80% and ending at 4:01 pm. 

Howard County Libraries are hosting viewing parties from 1:30pm-3pm with refreshments and eclipse safety glasses ( while supplies last), and plenty of parking!

Don't want to deal with traffic? Well, here are some spots that have clear viewing paths:

Restaurants for Lunch/Dinner:
Plan lunch & Dinner around the solar eclipse enjoy some of Howard County unique restaurants located in Old Ellicott City & Columbia!

Safety Tips:
You should never look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse. Robinson Nature Center &  Howard County Libraries are caring certified eclipse glasses that meet international safety standards ( while supplies last).Read more about eclipse viewing safety on NASA's site.