Solar Eclipse is Monday… How Will You Experience It?

The first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 38 years will be an astronomical event that can’t be missed!

Vermont Institute of Natural Science
The Solar Eclipse will begin in Quechee at 1:24pm, will reach its maximum at 2:42pm and will end at 3:55pm. All visitors at the VINS Nature Center will be encouraged to gather in the meadow at 2:30pm to share this moment together.
All visitors to the VINS Nature Center for the StarLab event will receive a free pair of Solar Eclipse glasses to take home with the price of admission. For further details, please visit our website at
For more information about VINS and the variety of exhibits, programs, and environmental education opportunities offered, please visit or call 802-359-5000.

Norman Williams Public Library
Monday, Aug 21, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. – the NASA Live Stream of Eclipse
NWPL will be live-streaming eclipse coverage from NASA. Come join us on the Mezzanine to witness this spectacular event. No special glasses needed! Here is what NASA is offering:
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event.

Quechee Public Library
Solar Eclipse Viewing—with an astronomer at Quechee Monday, Aug. 21, 1:30 – 3pm
A total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the USA (from Oregon to South Carolina) on Aug. 21. In Vermont, a partial solar eclipse will be visible. Come to the Quechee Public Library to view the sun through a special solar telescope. We also have eclipse viewing safety glasses to share. Live streams of the total solar eclipse from various locations in the USA will be displayed inside the library, while solar viewing will occur outside, weather permitting. Dartmouth astronomy professor Brian Chaboyer will lead the viewing sessions and be available to answer questions. We’ll have a kids’ craft project available for young science-minded artists too.

Montshire Museum of Science
Solar Eclipse Day will include:
Astronomical Scavenger Hunt – Explore the Museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits to complete the scavenger hunt. Exhibits include sun dials, the Granite Globe, and the Planet Walk.

Pinhole Projection – One of the best ways to see the eclipse is by projecting its image onto a flat surface through a pinhole. With this technique, create a beautiful and unique image of the sun that can then be captured in a photograph.

Shadow Tracing – Trace your shadow to document the sun’s apparent motion across the sky, caused by the Earth’s daily rotation.

“The Hows and Whys of a Solar Eclipse” – Learn about the science behind the solar eclipse through brief interactive lessons. Lessons are scheduled for 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.

Planet Walk – Travel from the sun to the edge of the solar system on this newly updated one-mile trail. Journey through the solar system by visiting eleven stations with scale models, each at a distance that represents their place in our solar system.
The Montshire will have a limited supply of solar viewing glasses available for visitors to share while viewing the eclipse.
Solar eclipse viewing will be weather dependent. Other related activities will occur rain or shine. Participating in activities is free with admission.

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