2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties on Delmarva
On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, the U.S. will experience a total solar eclipse. The “Great American Eclipse” will travel along a 70-mile wide path that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, passing through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. Everyone in North America – including those of us on Delmarva – will be able to experience at least a partial eclipse, but only those in the path of totality will witness the sun being fully covered by the moon.
Though not on the path of totality, observers on Delmarva will see an 81.5% partial eclipse. The maximum eclipse will occur when the moon covers part of the sun’s disk from this location at approximately 2:46 p.m.
To celebrate this rare celestial event, several places across the peninsula will be holding eclipse viewing parties on Monday, including the following:
- Salisbury University and Wicomico Public Libraries will hold an eclipse viewing party from noon-2:30 p.m. at the library in downtown Salisbury. Those attending will have the opportunity to create pinhole projectors that will allow them to view the eclipse at approximately 2 p.m. In addition to the pinhole projectors made with materials provided by the library, SU’s Physics Department provides free eclipse glasses from the American Astronomical Society and Google that will allow up to 1,000 spectators to safely view the phenomenon. (Glasses will be handed out at the event only. No glasses will be given out prior to the event.) Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call SU at 410-543-6030 or Wicomico Public Libraries at 410-749-3612, or visit the SU website at www.salisbury.edu or Wicomico Public Libraries website at www.wicomicolibrary.org. Note: The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce will hold an eclipse viewing party at 1:30 p.m. but does not have any eclipse glasses available to give away as originally reported.
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Department of Natural Sciences will hold a solar eclipse watch party from 2-3 p.m. at the Academic Oval outside of Carver Hall. In addition to pinhole projectors, eclipse-watching glasses will be available. Hands-on demonstrations illustrating how eclipses occur will also be available. Snacks will be provided. This free event is open to UMES staff, faculty, students, their families and the public. Bad weather venue: a live video feed in Hazel Hall – Rm 1020.
- Colonel Richardson Middle School in Federalsburg, Md. will hold an eclipse party. Activities led by CRMS teachers will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. You will have access to NASA-supplied solar viewing glasses. Bring your own shoebox or similar sized box and learn how to build your own pinhole camera.
- The Lewes Public Library, located at 111 Adams Ave. in Lewes, Del. , will hold an eclipse viewing party from 2-4 p.m. Because the eclipse will only be a partial eclipse in Delaware, all viewers need to wear protective glasses. Activities will take place on the green behind the new library, but all participants must sign up so that they will receive their viewing glasses. Glasses must be picked up the week prior to the event. Call the library at 645-2733 to reserve your space.
- As an official NASA viewing location, the NASA Wallops Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center in Atlantic, Va., will provide free glasses for safe viewing of the eclipse as well as show the NASA TV live broadcast from 1–4 p.m. This multi-hour show will feature NASA experts along the path of totality, live feeds from NASA aircraft, balloons, and the International Space Station. The event also will feature solar-themed movies and activities as well as food and beverages for purchase. In addition to the main event at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center, there will be resources at two satellite locations on Assateague Island National Seashore – Toms Cove Visitor Center in Virginia and Assateague Visitor Center in Maryland. At both locations limited quantities of free eclipse glasses and resource will be available. The event is funded in part through the 2015 Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers (CP4SMPVC+). Space and supplies are limited at all locations. The NASA Visitor Center, located on Va. Rt. 175 about six miles from U. S. Route 13 and five miles from Chincoteague, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
- Skydive Delmarva in Laurel, Del. will hold “Skydive the Eclipse,” Monday, Aug. 21 from 1-4 p.m. According to organizers, skydiving will offer a 360-degree unobstructed view at 13,500 feet above the Earth. Click here for more information.
- The Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington, Del. will host a solar eclipse party from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The event will feature a special children’s story about the solar eclipse, eclipse viewing on museum grounds, the science of the eclipse talk, NASA’s eclipse live stream viewing, scientist interviews about the eclipse, DMNH StarLab, as well as other fun and interactive eclipse activities and crafts. This is a rain or shine event.