While here in Maine we will be unable to see a total solar eclipse, we will be able to see about 60% of the sun’s disk covered by the moon. These events are very rare to see without travel, so make sure to mark it on your calendar. The eclipse begins at approximately 1:35 pm, and ends at approximately 3:55 pm. We will be hosting a free eclipse viewing event here at the Astronomy Center from 1:00 to 4:00 where we will have special solar telescopes, sun spotters, and special eclipse viewing glasses. Our staff will be on hand to explain the phenomena and help everyone see it safely.
Unfortunately, this event is WEATHER DEPENDENT, so if the sky is cloudy we will not be able to see it. NASA and many other organizations will be doing their own streaming events that you can watch online.
Since the moon will not cover the entire sun from our vantage point in Maine, it is very important to not look directly at it at any point, as even a brief glimpse can cause severe eye damage. Special glasses/equipment are needed to protect your eyes. Normal sunglasses are not enough!
To celebrate the eclipse, the public show each Friday night for the month of August is Totality: Explore the Wonder of Eclipses. We also offer two additional showings the morning of the eclipse at 10:00 and 11:30 to prepare for the event. You can buy tickets to these shows online, over the phone, or at the door.