The “Great American Eclipse”, as the press has labeled it, will be on Monday, August 21st. Although Connecticut is well out of the path where the Sun will be totally eclipsed by the Moon, the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and White Memorial Conservation Center are hosting a special daytime program to observe the eclipse. The eclipse party will start at 1:00pm and last until 3:00pm or so.
There will not be a talk, and the event will not take place if the weather is cloudy or bad.
To view the eclipse safely, you MUST use the proper solar glasses. The Museum shop at White Memorial has a supply of them and is selling them for only $1. The club will also have telescopes equipped with the appropriate filters. Through a telescope you can see sunspots and prominences – areas where vast amounts of gas are being thrown off the Sun.
The program is free, and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Come see the “Great American Eclipse” with us!