The American Astronomical Society has a wealth of information on their website regarding the upcoming solar eclipse. "On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will have a solar eclipse. The Moon will cover at least part of the Sun for 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through, anyone within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse. The Moon will completely block the Sun’s bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds. Day will turn into night, and (weather permitting) one of nature’s most awesome sights will become visible: the Sun’s diaphanous outer atmosphere, or corona. This website is your guide to the event!"
Here are some safe viewing tips from NASA.
IT IS NOT SAFE TO LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN - EVEN DURING AN ECLIPSE! All the stores we contacted have sold out of solar eclipse glasses. Reasonably priced options are no longer available online.
Events are being held around the country. Here are a few that are happening locally:
- Patterson Library in Patterson, NY
- Ridgefield Library Eclipse Celebration in Ballard Park, Ridgefield, CT
- Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport, CT
- Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY
- Putnam Valley Town Park in Putnam Valley, NY
- Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison, NY
- Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Event at SUNY New Paltz, NY
- Rolnick Observatory, Westport Astronomical Society in Westport, CT
- Great American Eclipse, Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT
Some of these events include free glasses to those in attendance, live streaming, specialized solar telescope and other safe viewing options.