Eclipse 2017: What we'll see locally

Courtesy NASA

The much anticipated total solar eclipse is getting's Monday August 21st and here are the details for us in southern New England:

Eclipse starts: 1:28PM
Peaks (70%): 2:47PM
Eclipse ends: 4:00PM

A total eclipse will be visible across a narrow, diagonal path from Oregon southwestward to South Carolina. Locally in southern New England we will see a PARTIAL solar eclipse. According to George Huftalen of the Astronomical Society of Southern New England "it will appear as if a bite was taken out of the sun throughout most of the eclipse here".

The forecast CONTINUES to look good for Monday as it should be mainly clear on Monday afternoon. The maps below show the the European and the American medium range forecast guidance as it relates to Monday afternoon...both models show a mainly clear sky & a quiet day of weather locally.

If you are interested in being guided through the eclipse by local experts, the Astronomical Society of Southern New England is hosting an afternoon of viewing at TWO local spots

  • Barrington Town Hall
    283 County Road
    Barrington, RI
    from 1-4PM Monday August 21st
  • Moose Hill Nature Center
    293 Moose Hill Road
    Sharon, MA
    from 1-4PM Monday August 21st

All are welcome, children need an accompanying adult. Since this is the first time in 38 years that a total solar eclipse will be visible in the continental United States this is a unique opportunity for us to safely witness this rare astronomical event.

For more on the eclipse visit this site from NASA

Happy viewing & thanks for reading...Mark

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