A total solar eclipse will occur next week, on August 21, and it will be the first one in 38 years to be visible from the mainland U.S. No matter where you are in the US, you can see it. In Cavendish we can expect to see 70% of the solar eclipse.
In preparation, on Aug. 20 (Sunday), the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) will hold a workshop from 2-4 pm at the Museum (1951 Main St. Cavendish) where you can make pinhole viewers and learn more about the solar eclipse.
Please note that. NASA warns that sunglasses or homemade filters do not provide sufficient eye protection and can contribute to eye damage. Five manufacturers have certified their eclipse glasses, which meet NASA’s criteria:
• Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
• Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on them
• Are less than three years old and have no scratches or wrinkles
You can also go to the NASA website and download their pinhole template for free.
On Aug. 21 (Monday), from 1:15 to 3:00 (or later depending on interest) CHS will have various devices including glasses (thank you Kem Phillips for donating) which meet NASA standards, pinhole viewers and special welding mask, set up in front of the Museum so people can safely view the eclipse. Young children will need to use the pinhole viewers.
In other parts of the state, various astronomy groups are hosting viewing opportunities including:
• Green Mountain Astronomers will be hosting an eclipse day event at the Castleton University by the observatory. Estimate for Castleton is 1:23 first contact, 2:42 largest coverage, 3:55 last contact.
• ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Burlington, VT
• Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT