Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties Planned Across N.H.

Aug 21, 2017

Monday's solar eclipse will be in New Hampshire skies starting just before 1:30 this afternoon. Peak viewing will be at 2:43 and last until about 4. N.H. will only be seeing about two-thirds of the eclipse - with the total eclipse only appearing in parts of Oregon to South Carolina. 

Viewing parties are being held on boats, at libraries, restaurants and science centers across the state in Manchester, DoverHolderness and Concord.

If you don’t plan on attending an event, experts are reminding you not to look up at the eclipse without specialty glasses – that could damage your eyes. 

Jeanne Gerulskis of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord – does have a trick to recommend:

“Stand under a tree and just look down on the ground – all the gaps in between the leaves create a pinhole camera, so you will see the eclipse reflected on the ground a whole bunch of times," Gerulskis said. Gerulskis ordered 1,000 glasses for the event - they sold out last week.

If you miss Monday’s solar eclipse, experts say you can catch the next one...in 2024.