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Solar Eclipse Information & Events for Delaware Families, Solar Eclipse 2017

by EJ on 08/14/17

Photo Credit: NASA
Get some science fun in before school starts, with a once in a lifetime opportunity this August 21st, when here in Delaware, about 75% of the sun will be blocked by the moon. This will be the first visible total solar eclipse in the US in thirty-eight years.

You'll need special glasses to protect your eyes, or else burn your retinas (no joke, this can cause permanent blindness). Take extra precautions to warn kiddos about looking at the solar eclipse. It's probably a good idea to warn all adults, too.

A total solar eclipse is only visible from a certain part of the earth - known as *dramatic music* the path of totality, so unless you're located in the diagonal path of totality: the space from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, then you'll only be getting a partial solar eclipse view. Don't fret, we Mid-Atlantic folks will still get a great show.

When Should Delawareans View the Solar Eclipse?

Around 1:20 pm, the moon will start to move in front of the sun. By 2:30 pm, the sun will be view able as a crescent and then start to move back toward a full disc by 4 pm. 

Photo Credit: NASA
Visit the Interactive Solar Eclipse Map to find out when to step outside (with your special glasses!)

FREE Solar Eclipse Glasses Available in Select Libraries in Delaware.

Select New Castle County, Delaware public libraries are providing free eclipse glasses to the public beginning August 14th. 

Get Your Solar Eclipse Glasses for Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing.

Only acquire solar eclipse viewing glasses from reputable vendors.  According to NASA, glasses must meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for solar radiation, must have the manufacturer name and address printed on them to distinguish from any counterfeit products.

Alternative Methods for Experiencing the Solar Eclipse. 

Another way to enjoy the solar eclipse without protective glasses is using pinhole projection. Cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the other hand, also outstretched and slightly open, creating a waffle pattern. With your back to the sun, look at the shadow of your hands' on the ground. The spaces between fingers will project images on the ground, in the shape of a crescent sun during the partial phases of the eclipse. This same scenario will work as well if you look at the shadows on the ground from a leafy tree. The ground will be dappled with crescents, projected from the spaces between the leaves.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Events in Delaware:

The Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation Eclipse Watching Party
Aug. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 585 Big Oak Road in Smyrna
Free rain or shine event with viewing glasses available for $1
Childrens’ activities, eclipse demos, food trucks, limited whiskey release

University of Delaware Mt. Cuba Observatory eclipse viewing event
Aug. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 3120 Barley Mill Rd in Hockessin
Space is limited, call (302) 239-4244 for reservations
Solar filtered telescopes will be available to view eclipse

Delaware Museum of Natural History eclipse viewing party
Aug. 21 peak viewing at 2:43 p.m. at 4840 Kennett Pike in Wilmington
Free with museum admission, rain or shine
Children’s story about the solar eclipse, eclipse viewing on Museum grounds, NASA’s eclipse live stream viewing, scientist interviews about the eclipse

Delaware Seashore State Park viewing event
Aug. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 39415 Inlet Rd. in Rehoboth Beach
Free with park admission, viewing glasses available for $2
Park interpreter led hike and viewing

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