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Watch the Solar Eclipse at Darien Library

Monday, August 21, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The solar eclipse on August 21st is a rare event. Here in Darien, we'll see about a 70% partial eclipse. To celebrate, we're offering eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-served basis for 30 lucky people starting at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 21st. The glasses will be given out one per family. We will also have 20 glasses to borrow so you can dart out and then return the glasses back to the Welcome Desk. You are also welcome to bring your own solar eclipse glasses.

Watch It On The Big Screen

We will also show a livestream of the eclipse in the Community Room starting at 2:15 p.m. Bring a friend and relax in the a/c as you watch the eclipse happen on the big screen. NASA will be showing the total eclipse, not the partial we'll see from Connecticut.

The total eclipse from this livestream will be from about 2:35 to 2:37 p.m. It's a different time from the maximum coverage of the partial eclipse we'll see from Connecticut. This is because NASA is showing footage from the path of totality down in North Carolina. The curvature of the Earth and the distance from totality affects when maximum coverage can be viewed from different spots. This means you can watch the totality inside the Community Room then go outside to view the max coverage we'll see in Connecticut ten minutes later. If you do this, be sure to always wear NASA-approved safety glasses.


  • Start: 1:24 p.m.
  • Max Coverage: 2:45 p.m.
  • End: 4 p.m.

More Information

What time can I see the eclipse?

Which eclipse glasses are safe to use?

How to make a pinhole projector

How to use your just your fingers to watch the eclipse

It's important to never look directly at the sun without approved safety glasses. Pinhole projector methods involve looking at the ground. Do not use binoculars to look at the sun even with eclipse glasses on.

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