Partial Solar Eclipse

(10.14) This Saturday, weather permitting, Rhode Islanders will have an opportunity to observe an annular solar eclipse. Being well beyond the path of annularity we will not see the “ring of fire” but we can still get a good look at the partial eclipse. Staff astronomer over at the Ladd Observatory, Francine Jackson, advises in Ladd Skies Weekly:

From here in Ladd land, about 20% of the Sun will be blocked.  To view it, even if you travel where it will be at its “annularity,” you cannot look directly at it without proper protection.  The best thing to do would be to go where there are others observing, who can safely show you what is happening.  Close to here include the Brown green, Roger WIlliams Park Museum, and Seagrave Memorial Observatory.

Students from the Brown Astronomy Club will have solar telescopes on the main green to safely view the Sun as it is partially obscured by the Moon. Or bring your eclipse glasses. They did this in 2017 and it was a lot of fun.

The entire show runs 2 hours and 18 minutes. “Clear Skies,” the Ladd Observatory monthly publication, has the Providence area schedule:

Begins at 12:16pm

Maximum occurs at 1:26pm

Ends at 2:34pm

Or head over to the Roger Williams Park Museum of Natural History and Planetarium between 10am and 4pm: “Learn about eclipses with activities and receive a pair of eclipse glasses during this family fun event.”

The New York Times has some excellent maps that make everything clear. Also go to NASA for all the details. They will be live-streaming the eclipse.

Partial solar eclipse, 12:16pm, Saturday, October 14, Brown University Main Green, 75 Waterman Street, (directions)

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