5 Places to View the Eclipse
Eclipse viewing glasses, solar telescopes, planetariums and more.
Solar eclipses don’t happen every day; in fact, the last total solar eclipse to pass over the United States was back in 1979. And while we might not be getting a full eclipse here (this time), that’s not stopping everyone from getting excited. On Monday, August 21, libraries, observatories and other institutions are throwing parties, offering the public eclipse viewing glasses, food and drink, and access to telescopes.
Frosty Drew Observatory
Equipped with an array of solar telescopes, eclipse viewing glasses and solar projectors, Frosty Drew Observatory is well-prepared to show visitors this celestial phenomenon. See sunspots, solar prominences and more through their specialized telescopes or just sit back and enjoy the show (with the provided safe eyewear).
Details: 10 a.m – 4 p.m. 1$ suggested donation. 61 Park Ln., Ninigret Park, Charlestown, 401-859-1450, frostydrew.org.
Seagrave Memorial Observatory
Unfortunately Rhode Island isn’t in the path of the total solar eclipse, but Seagrave Memorial Observatory is offering a number of live-streamed webcasts from locations that are. They are also letting visitors watch the eclipse through telescopes or with distributed solar viewers.
Details: 1 p.m. 47 Peep Toad Rd., North Scituate, theskyscrapers.org.
Museum of Natural History
If you’re in Providence during the eclipse, head over to the Museum of Natural History to use their solar telescopes and viewing glasses. They’re also offering a variety of eclipse educational activities and a special planetarium show at 1 p.m.
Details: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $3 for adults, children four and younger are free. 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, 401-680-7221, providenceri.gov/museum.
What’s a solar eclipse without some delicious food and music to go with it? The Gastros food truck will be serving a variety of hot dogs to snack on, and the Erms Cupcakes food truck will be doling out dessert. Get your face painted or get a picture at the astronaut photo booth. There will be free eclipse glasses for the first 400 attendees.
Details: 1:30-4:00 p.m. 41 Grove Ave., East Providence, 401-434-2453, eastprovidencelibrary.org.
Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library
Make some pinhole viewers at the Jesse M. Smith library, or grab a pair of the provided eclipse viewing glasses. There will also be a number of other activities and events during the party.
Details: 1:30–4:00 p.m. 100 Tinkham Ln., Harrisville, 401-710-7800, jmslibrary.org.