Partial Eclipse — Where To Watch

(4.8) In case you hadn’t heard, we have a solar eclipse happening Monday, April 8. Observers in Providence will be in the penumbra, seeing the partial eclipse. That may not be totality, but 90% of the sun will be covered, and unlike other areas along the path, we may have the advantage of clear skies. Remember: Never look at the sun without ISO certified glasses and keep an eye on your kids. If you do have proper eye protection, you can watch the eclipse from anywhere, but it’s more fun with other folks . . . I don’t know why. Where to watch:

The Roger Williams National Memorial on North Main Street will be hosting an Eclipse Party from 2pm to 5pm. From Ranger Schnetzer:

Starting at 2pm, we will have 200 pairs of glasses to hand out to our visitors for free! Rangers will be on standby to answer questions, offer Junior Eclipse Ranger programs, and help out. Free parking is available in our Canal Street lot and metered parking is available along North Main Street. The eclipse will start at 2:15pm, peak with 91% coverage at 3:30pm, and be over at 4:40pm.

The Brown Astronomy Club will once again be setting up on the Brown Main Green from 2pm to 4pm. Hosted by the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium a limited number of eclipse glasses will be available on a first come, first served basis, with scientists and volunteers on hand to answer questions or set you up to watch on their filtered equipment.

The Museum of Natural History at Roger Williams Park will be hosting a free watch party for you and your family. Each family visiting on April 8 will receive a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses, provided by the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium. The eclipse starts at 2:15pm and peaks at 3:29pm. The event also includes free admission to the museum that day.

And what about our friends over at the Ladd Observatory? They will all be heading out of town in search of totality. I spoke with staff astronomer Francine Jackson last month during one of the few clear Tuesday night open house events. She will be heading off to the San Antonio area. Our finger are crossed for the skies to remain clear there.

If you can’t get out, there are many networks providing live coverage. Go here for the NASA Eclipse page.


The RISD Nature Lab sent out word inviting students to watch the eclipse on the RISD Beach starting at 2:15pm. I think it’s safe to say that the RISD Beach in question is the lawn on Benefit Street between Waterman and Angell. This is more of a traffic advisory as the weather on Monday may hit 60° and the students will be out and about, basking on the ‘Daybreak’ sculpture and getting inspired. Do not expect an art school to provide you with viewing glasses . . . try one of the other locations.


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