2017 Solar Eclipse News and Events

Click here to get more information on Aldrich News and Events related to the upcoming August 21st Solar Eclipse.

Aldrich observatory

Members enjoy access to a "dark site" with roll-off-roof observatory in scenic Oakham, MA—out from under the light pollution of the cities.

Announcing the new Aldrich Store

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Library Telescope Program

Check out our telescopes at more than 100 public libraries and colleges in Massachusetts

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Become a member and enjoy access to our observatory, telescopes, and special events

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Public observing nights are held at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA

Upcoming events

Observatory "first light" ceremony, public lectures, fairs, and chances to look through a telescope

In the News

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Aldrich member Catherine Zebrowski has recently published her book "Sleepwalking Backwards" after many years of hard work. As the cover implies this book of fiction has an astronomy theme. Check it out if you get a chance and congratulate Catherine if you see her!

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Starfest 2017 at Anna Maria College cancelled for this year due to member travels to the August 21st Solar Eclipse.

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Latest from the Blog

  • 2017 Solar Eclipse News and Events...

    Aldrich members are very busy during the upcoming 2017 Solar Eclipse on August 21st. Below is a breakdown of some of the events and news related to this upcoming celestial event!

    Local events 

    Join the Aldrich Library Telescope Coordinator, John Root and other Aldrich volunteers to view …

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  • Solar Eclipse at the Richards Memor...

    John Root showing a visitor at Starfest 2015 a safe view of the Sun using the Aldrich H-Alpha telescope.
    On Monday, August 21, 2017, join the Aldrich Library Telescope Coordinator, John Root and other Aldrich volunteers to view the Solar Eclipse outside the Richards Memorial Library …

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  • Watching Solar Eclipse 2017 –...

    Will you be on the path of totality for the August 21st total solar eclipse? Become a part of scientific history and help hundreds of other photographers make the first crowdsourced movie of a total solar eclipse from coast to coast. Find out more about …

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  • NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batc...

    Figure 1: This illustration shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, one of the newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Scientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes have discovered that there are seven Earth-size planets in the system.
    Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
    NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has …

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  • The Library Project Video...

    Our intrepid Library Telescope Coordinator, John Root, and club president, Jim Zebrowksi, made the trip out to Southborough on August 25th—to present library’s new telescope. John Root has been instrumental in deploying close to 85 telescopes statewide over the past few years to public libraries …

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Time to prepare for liftoff.

Your lifetime passion for astronomy is about to take off.