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Celebrate the solar eclipse with one of these five campus and Oxford watch parties

Enjoy one or all three watch parties on Miami University’s Oxford campus; stop by the two parties at City of Oxford parks

Campus Life

Celebrate the solar eclipse with one of these five campus and Oxford watch parties

The solar eclipse will enter Ohio at approximately 1:53 p.m. on Monday, April 8. 

Totality in Oxford will start at 3:08:23 p.m. and will last 2 minutes and 51 seconds. 

Miami has purchased 30,000 eclipse glasses; residential students should have received glasses delivered to their room over spring break. Anyone else can pick up a pair at Armstrong Student Center, at the outdoor seal from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, or during the MAP watch party at Cook Field. NASA offers helpful tips on eye safety during a total solar eclipse.

University managers and supervisors should be flexible as appropriate with any staff who wish to take a few minutes to observe the eclipse and encourage the use of appropriate eye protection, said Dawn Fahner, associate vice president for Human Resources.

Though classes will be held that day, faculty are encouraged to take their students outside to watch with appropriate eye protection and discuss, said provost Elizabeth Mullenix. Glasses are available at the front desk at the Armstrong Student Center.

If you are on campus or in town and would like to experience the celestial event with others, stop by one of the handful of Eclipse Watch Parties:

Oxford Campus 

King Library: Eclipse Viewing Party

Cook Field: Eclipse Watch party 

Art Museum Sculpture Park: A Total Eclipse of the Parks

  • 2-5 p.m., Sculpture Park tours with an astronomical theme. Sponsored by the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum and Sculpture Park. 

City of Oxford ‘Total Eclipse of the Parks’ 

Oxford Uptown Parks Watch Party

  • 1-5 p.m.,  Food trucks, live music featuring the Thumbtack Mechanics.

Oxford Community Park, 6801 Fairfield Road 

  • 1-5 p.m., Mobile D.J. and other activities 

Eclipse Festival April 6 

Eclipse Festival

  • 1-10 p.m., Oxford Uptown Parks. Food trucks, live music, space-themed activities, a kids corner with inflatables, games, and more.  

*Note that Park Place, Main Street between the parks, and HIgh Street between Beech and Poplar Avenues will be closed during this family-friendly event.

Total Eclipse of the Parks events are sponsored by the Oxford Community Arts Center, Miami University, Enjoy Oxford Visitors Bureau, the Oxford Chamber of Commerce,  Oxford Lane Public Library, and the City of Oxford.