Viewing a solar eclipse is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in astronomy. Two of these will track across the U.S. in the next nine months if you are fortunate enough to be located within the path of the Moon’s shadow. The first is on October 14 and the second occurs on April 8 of next year. As totality does not cross through Connecticut for either of these two eclipses, we will only observe partial eclipses unless we travel. Learn about safely viewing these solar eclipses and where to go for the best views.
Pete Kandefer has trekked to several eclipses and is a longtime member of the Litchfield Amateur Astronomy Club. The LHAAC was founded in 1956 and has been looking up ever since. The club is a member of the Astronomical League (a nationwide umbrella organization of astronomy clubs) and of NASA’s Night Sky Network. Beginning in 2009 we have run a popular series of star parties at our observatory at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield with the goal of bringing opportunities to enjoy the sky to the local community.