ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On August 21, Americans all over the country will be able to view the solar eclipse.
While only a small band of Americans will be able to view the total eclipse, most will be able to see a partial eclipse.
NASA says the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses”. Eclipse glasses or viewers should be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard.
The Capital Region will be able to see 60 to 70 percent coverage of the solar eclipse.
Locations in the Capital Region to watch the Solar Eclipse
Guests will be able to view the partial solar eclipse safely through telescopes or eclipse glasses. Live streams of the eclipse will be provided if there is inclement weather.
Cost: Free with admission ($10.50 adults, $7.50 kids 12 and under, $9 seniors 65+, free for MiSci members).
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Red Hook Community Viewing
Guests will be supplied glasses and instruction for safe viewing.
Time: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Lawn of Linden Avenue Middle School. An event will be held inside the Community Center if there is inclement weather.
Bethlehem Public Library
Dudley Observatory astronmer Valerie Rapson will be at the library on Saturday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 16 to discuss the upcoming solar eclipse. Free eclipse viewing glasses will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Time: 2 p.m. (Saturday, August 12) and 7 p.m. (August 16).
Hirsch Observatory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The Hirsch Observatory will be open for public viewing of the partial solar eclipse. Students and volunteers will be on hand with eclipse glasses and telescopes.
Time: 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Solar eclipse-themed activities will be held all day. The library will provide 100 pairs of free certified safe shades for eclipse viewing on a first-come, first-serve basis (one pair per family).
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Schenectady Public Library
The library will be hosting an eclipse viewing event. Free ISO-certified eclipse viewing glasses will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a limit of four per family.
Time: 12 – 4 p.m.
Niskayuna High School
A solar viewing party will be held at the Niskayuna High School’s soccer fields. Sun spotter scopes will be setup and eclipse shades will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be provided.
Time: 1 p.m.
Souvenir ISO-approved viewing glasses will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visitors should park in Lot F on the first base side of the baseball field.
Time: 1 to 4:30 p.m.