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Solar Eclipse Viewing (Pittsfield)
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If you are wondering how to watch the solar eclipse that will pass over the United States on Monday, August 21, first look to your library. Thanks to the generous donation from the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, the Library will host a series of eclipse-themed activities on August 21st from 2PM-4PM, including a build-your-own pin-hole camera for viewing the eclipse. The Library will also provide 100 pairs of certified safe shades for eclipse viewing.
Even though the “totality”–a 70-miles-wide area where the sun is completely blocked by the moon–will not pass over the Berkshires, we will still experience a partial eclipse. In Pittsfield, the eclipse will peak at 2:43 PM, when the moon obscures 65.9% of the sun. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the past 40 years, and an astronomical event not to be missed!