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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 the Solar Eclipse outside the Richards Memorial Library in Paxton, MA from 1:15 PM to 2:45 PM. John will have free safe solar glasses and allow people to view the eclipsing Sun using a special H-Alpha telescope. Please call ahead to let the library know you would like to attend. The eclipse will only be 63.5% locally but the view should be spectacular!
  • The EcoTarium in Worcester will be hosting Aldrich member and NASA/JPL Solar Ambassador Dino Tata – this is a paid event with an admission price – check out the EcoTarium’s website for admission details. This event will be held from 12pm – 4pm.
  • Quinsigamond Community College will be sponsoring an event during the solar eclipse. Details below.


Live Streaming of Total Eclipse from Goreville Illinois area

Aldrich member Bob Peloquin will be traveling to the path of totality in Illinois to witness the longest duration of totality lasting 2 minutes 40 seconds. The plan is to setup a video camera and live stream this event to our Aldrich Facebook page. So tune in between 1:15 and 1:45 to hopefully catch this live streaming event.


Aldrich members travel to Idaho for Totality

Eight Aldrich members and their spouses are traveling to the western slopes of the Grand Tetons to the town of Driggs Idaho within the path of totality with the hopes of viewing and imaging the total eclipse. This area was selected for its high probability of cloud free skies. Of course, its proximity to popular vacation areas such as Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks was a real positive aspect to this location. Aldrich members Jim Zebrowski and Kevin Boucher will be presenters on Eclipse and Night sky topics at the Valley of the Tetons Library in Driggs Idaho. Kevin Boucher will be participating as a photographer with the Eclipse Megamovie project.


Remember to SAFELY watch the Eclipse

Check out this NASA website for instructions on how to safely view the eclipse.

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