On Thursday, June 10, 2021, New England will experience a brief, but fabulous eclipse of the Sun. Stretching from central Canada and across the Arctic, the Moon will eclipse the Sun. Though it will happen near the Moon’s apogee, which is when the Moon is furthest from Earth. This will cause the Moon’s appearance to be too small to cover the Sun, resulting in a ring of Sun around the Moon. We call this an Annular Eclipse. Outside of that path, observers will see a partial solar eclipse. This is the first notable Solar Eclipse over our region since August 2017 and Frosty Drew Observatory will offer a brief viewing of spectacular event. Both online and onsite.
Starting at 5:10 am, Frosty Drew astronomers will start live streaming the eclipse on our YouTube channel. On our campus we will be waiting for the Sun to rise. Solar telescopes will be setup for observers to catch a view of the solar photosphere, including views of sunspots, prominence, and filaments on the Sun. Eclipse shades will be available for safe observing of the solar photosphere. The Solar Eclipse starts at 4:12 am ET and will continue until 6:30 am ET with maximum eclipse occurring at 5:31 am, when the Moon eclipses 71.8% of the Sun. Unfortunately, Frosty Drew Observatory is not along the path of annular eclipse, and we will only catch the second half of the eclipse low over the eastern horizon after the 5:12 am sunrise. At our location, we will experience a partial solar eclipse.
Viewing the eclipse will be fantastically memorable experience, but safety is paramount to forming a lasting positive memory, instead of a lasting vision impairment! Read about Safely Observing The Solar Eclipse
This is a fantastic event that is certainly not to be missed! So call into work / school late and set your sights to Frosty Drew Observatory for a brisk springtime morning and catch the second half of a beautiful solar eclipse, compliments of the Solar System.
* Note: We will have a limited supply of Eclipse Glasses available for visitors to use. Eclipse Glasses will also be available for purchase for those interested in owning a pair.
Please note that due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the detail of this event may change. Please check in regularly, both here and on our SARS-CoV-2 page, to stay up to date.