Concord, NH --On Monday, August 21st , Granite Staters will have the rare opportunity to experience a solar eclipse. While New Hampshire is not in the path of a total eclipse, it is close enough that 62% of the sun will be eclipsed by Earth’s moon, creating a dramatic view of this celestial phenomenon.
The eclipse will begin at approximately 1:25 p.m. and will darken skies from Oregon to South Carolina. The moon will gradually block more and more of New Hampshire’s view of the sun over the following hour and 18 minutes, until maximum partial eclipse is reached at 2:43 p.m. From 2:43 to 3:55 p.m., the sun will gradually be return to full brightness.
For those who want to live the full experience and learn more about the eclipse, head to McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord which is offering a full day of events starting at 10.30 a.m. with Kids & Family Sun-Related Activities at stations throughout the Discovery Center Observatory tours, solar viewing (pending clear skies), a talk with special guest Kevin Skarupa WMUR Meteorologist: The Nature and Impacts of the Sun at 10:45 a.m., a Planetarium Show at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by a live stream from NASA at noon.
From 1:25 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. gather outside the Discovery Center to watch the Eclipse, guided by educators from the Discovery Center and NH Science Teachers Association and at 2 p.m. join the talk with special guest speaker Andrew DiGiovanni, NH Science Teachers Association: A Space-Bird’s Eye View of the Sun-Earth-Moon System. For more information, visit www.starhop.com.
For those who want to admire the eclipse from Lake Winnipesaukee, climb aboard the M/S Mount Washington. A special cruise is leaving out Weirs Beach at 12:30 p.m. to enjoy an uninterrupted view of this U.S. exclusive solar eclipse out on the open water of Lake Winnipesaukee. For more information visit www.cruisenh.com or call 603-366-5531.
Head to the mountains to get closer to the eclipse. Waterville Valley is offering a weekend dedicated to the event. On Saturday August 19 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. join educator and NASA Solar System Ambassador, Sally Jensen at the Curious George Cottage where they will explain how our moon can cover the sun. Learn about the phenomena and be ready to view it on Monday.
On Monday join Rey Center staff and volunteers for an informal viewing of the event. Two small scopes with solar viewing lenses and solar glasses will be available from 1:15 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. For more information visit http://thereycenter.org/solar-eclipse.html.
Keep in mind that it is not safe to look directly at the sun at any time.
Bretton Woods invited Douglas Arion, Professor of Physics and Astronomy from Carthage College, who delivers the astronomy programs at the Omni Mount Washington, who will simulcast the eclipse from his observing location in Stanley, Idaho. Weather permitting, a telescope will be set up at the hotel to watch the partial solar eclipse that will be visible from New Hampshire. For more information visit www.skinh.com.