Eclipses


  • imminent eclipses visible from Middlebury

Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21

(Note: please see below for critical eye safety information!)

A solar eclipse will happen in the skies above Middlebury on the afternoon of Monday, August 21. 2017. Although this will be a total solar eclipse elsewhere, Middlebury will only experience a partial solar eclipse. The partial phase of the eclipse will begin at about 1:23pm, maximum partial eclipse will be about 2:41pm, and the partial phase of the eclipse will end at about 3:45pm.

The maximum partial eclipse will be ~69% by magnitude (diameter) and will be ~62% by obscuration (area).

A solar eclipse happens when the earth passes through the moon’s shadow. Effectively, the moon is passing between the sun and the earth and the moon is blocking the sun’s light from reaching the earth.

We will not have an observatory event during this solar eclipse. Solar eclipses are not safe to view without proper training and equipment. One should never look at the sun with the naked, unaided eye, with binoculars, or with a telescope without a filter specifically designed to block almost all of the sun’s light. Looking at the sun even momentarily can cause severe and permanent eye injury.

Although Middlebury College is not responsible for the content of this web link, NASA has an article on eye safety during solar eclipses.

The next solar eclipse happening in the skies above Middlebury will be a total solar eclipse on the afternoon of Monday, August 21, 2017.

Approximate Timeline (for Middlebury)
2017 Aug 21 1:23pm Partial eclipse begins
2017 Aug 21 2:41pm Maximum partial eclipse
2017 Aug 21 3:54pm Partial eclipse begins
All times Eastern. Data courtesy USNO.

 

 

eclipse2017.nasa.gov

greatamericaneclipse.com

eclipse.aas.org

The 2017 Eclipse Across America Map [PDF, NASA]

The 2017 Eclipse Across America Flyer [PDF, NASA]

The 2017 Eclipse Across America Poster [PDF, NASA]

How to View the 2017 Eclipse Safely [PDF, NASA & AAS]

Eye Safety During Solar Eclipses [NASA]

AAS Eye Safety [AAS]

Get Read for America’s Coast-to-Coast Total Solar Eclipse in 2017 (PDF, Sky & Telescope)

The “All-American” Eclipse (PDF, STAR_Net)

All-American Total Solar Eclipse (PDF, NSTA)

 

Middlebury College is not responsible for the content of these web links.

 

 


  • upcoming eclipses

  • The next total lunar eclipse partially visible from Middlebury will be on the morning of Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The next total lunar eclipse fully visible from Middlebury will be on the evening of Sunday, January 20, 2019.
     
    Lunar Eclipse, NASA

     

  • The next solar eclipse happening in the skies above Middlebury will be a total solar eclipse on the afternoon of Monday, August 21, 2017. However, Middlebury will only experience a partial eclipse.
     
    Solar Eclipse, NASA

 

 

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