Eclipse Viewing Parties

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. Read more about the upcoming solar event from NASA here.

Here are some “eclipse parties” happening around town:

Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library

What: You’re invited to join us Monday, August 21st at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library to experience the 2017 Eclipse Across America at an Eclipse Viewing Party. The all-ages party is 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, rain or shine. You will have the opportunity to view the eclipse safely with the solar viewing glasses provided, and enjoy various activities, games, crafts and snacks. A live stream of the eclipse via the NASA TV Channel will be shown on the Library Smart Board.
Where: Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA
When: 8/21/17 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Bucks County Community College

What; The public is invited to watch the historic event outside the new Science Center on Aug. 21; safety glasses and snacks provided. Bucks County Community College invites the public to a viewing party to watch the total solar eclipse at the Newtown campus, with science professors on hand to answer questions.

“In Bucks County, although we are not in path of totality, we will have a partial solar eclipse of about 80 percent coverage,” explained Professor Debra Geoghan, interim dean of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Department, which organized the event. “It will be worthwhile to view, especially since the next total solar eclipse visible in the United States won’t be until April 8, 2024.”

Geoghan says the viewing party on the patio of the Science Center is an opportunity share the experience and provide education to the community. The event is free and open to the public.

“We’ll be providing special glasses to ensure safe viewing, and participants can ask our STEM professors questions.” Geoghan added. “Improper viewing can cause retinal damage, so we want everyone to be safe.”

The eclipse will begin at 1:21 p.m., peak around 2:44 p.m., and continue until 4 p.m. Snacks will also be provided on the patio outside the new Science Center building on the campus

When: 8/21/17 Time: Eclipse will begin at 1:21 p.m., peak around 2:44 p.m., and continue until 4 p.m
Where: Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA

The Franklin Institute


What: The Franklin Institute will host a viewing of the eclipse from 12 to 4 p.m. with science educators available.
When: 8/21/17 12pm to 4pm
Where: The viewing will take place in the Fels Planetarium, Franklin Hall and along Winter Street.

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