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Cape Media News GUIDE to the Solar Eclipse

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Solar Eclipse: Monday, August 21, 2017

Day will turn briefly to night on Monday afternoon as we experience the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States since 1979, and it won’t happen again until 2024! 

A total eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth. The path of the eclipse over the United States will run from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Due to this path, Cape Codders will see about 63% of the sun eclipsed by the moon. 

This is certainly an event you’ll want to see – but you have to be careful. Looking at the sun during an eclipse can be very harmful to your eyes. Local experts suggest using eclipse glasses or building an eclipse box. Several local organizations have eclipse viewing parties planned. You’ll have a chance to safely view the eclipse and get a fun science lesson, too.

The Cape Cod Astronomical Society is hosting a “Local Star” party from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at the Schmidt Oservatory, located behind Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, 210 Station Ave, South Yarmouth. The program includes a safety briefing and mini-lectures on eclipses and the Sun, lasting about 30 minutes and beginning at 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Guests will be able to see the eclipse, sunspots, prominences, and other solar activity through the event by viewing with available solar telescopes and telescopes equipped with solar filters. And if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you’ll still be able to peek at the eclipse – staff will be showing a live feed from NASA.

The Cape Cod National Seashore welcomes you to its Salt Pond Visitors Center, 50 Nauset Road, Eastham, on Monday, August 21 for a free ranger-led eclipse program that runs from 1:30 to 4:00 PM. The Seashore will offer a live feed projection of the eclipse as it passes across the United States.

Bring a blanket and a picnic and head over to the Parade Field at Heritage Museums and Gardens67 Grove Street, Sandwich, for a viewing event from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Monday, August 21. Heritage is offering free safe eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last), and they’ll also help you create your own pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse.

Celebrate the celestial phenomenon with the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center. Teacher Larry Brookhart will make a brief presentation and discuss sun safety, followed by solar viewing with specialized equipment. A solar scope will be available for viewing the features of the sun including prominences, sunspots, coronal holes, and more. (We hear this class is full – contact the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center before heading out.)

Curious to learn more about this amazing astronomical event?  NASA has all of the details: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

 

 

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