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America’s Coast-to-Coast Total Solar Eclipse

Concord, NH --On August 21, 2017, the Moon’s shadow will cross the continental U.S. for the first time since 1979 — and the first time it’s traveled coast-to-coast since 1918. This total solar eclipse, whose path goes through 13 states, promises to be among the most widely observed in history. It’s already the most widely anticipated, as many hotels within the path of totality sold out two years in advance. Kelly's presentation will provide an overview of the nature of solar eclipses, important past ones in U.S. history, and helpful advice for seeing this year’s event successfully. Granite Stater's and those across New England will see a partial eclipse with 60 percent of the sun's disk covered by the moon at around 2:43 p.m. Safe solar observation will be covered in the presentation, however, never look at the sun through telescopes, binoculars or with the naked eye without appropriate filters as eye damage and/or blindness may result.

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Kelly Beatty, senior editor for Sky and Telescope Magazine, will provide an overview of the nature of solar eclipses, important past ones in U.S. history, and helpful advice for seeing this year’s event successfully at a special presentation set for 7 p.m.Friday, July 14 at the McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. Granite Stater's and those across New England will see a partial eclipse with 60 percent of the sun's disk covered by the moon at around 2:43 p.m. Safe solar observation will be covered in the presentation, however, never look at the sun through telescopes, binoculars or with the naked eye without appropriate filters as eye damage and/or blindness may result.

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Kelly Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he specializes in planetary science and space exploration as Senior Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine. Beatty enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with a wide spectrum of audiences, from children to professional astronomers, and you'll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Dark-Sky Association.

Seating is limited so reservations are required. Those planning to attend should contact Tom Cocchiaro at tom@tacticaldesigns.com using the subject "Eclipse".