Solar Eclipse: Berkshire County events to celebrate astronomical event

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Eclipse events in the Berkshires

Where: Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield

When: 2 p.m.

What: Bring a cereal box with you to create your own pinhole eclipse viewer; plus other art and interactive learning activities. There will be a video all about solar eclipses and live streaming the total eclipse from the NASA website. If it's a sunny day, head outside around 2:30 p.m. to experience the eclipse through the pinhole viewers. The library will also provide 100 pairs of certified safe shades for eclipse viewing. Rain or shine, free and open to the public.

Info: 413-499-9480, ext. 202

Where: Hancock Shaker Village,

1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield

When: All day

What: Throughout the day, learn how Shakers harvested the sun's light to brighten interior rooms and encourage egg production. Test the Shakers' ancient sundial. Find out how to the Shakers kept food cool in the sun's warmth by visiting the ice house. Make an easy pinhole viewer. Then at 2:30 p.m. join President Jennifer Trainer Thompson in the gardens for skygazing. Included in admission.

Info: 413-443-0188

Where: Dalton Public Library, 462 Main St., Dalton

When: 1:30 to 3 p.m.

What: Join the family-friendly eclipse party with activities, a special snack and a view of the eclipse.

Info: 413-684-6112.



Eclipse facts and tips ...

- More than 300 million people in the United States potentially could directly view the total solar eclipse,

- A partial eclipse will be visible in every state. A total solar eclipse will occur across 14 states in the continental U.S. along a 70-mile-wide swath of the country.

- Special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer, are a must to safely look at the sun.

- An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially-eclipsed sun is with a pinhole projector. With this method, sunlight streams through a small hole - such as a pencil hole in a piece of paper, or even the space between your fingers - onto a makeshift screen, such as a piece of paper or the ground. It's important to only watch the screen, not the sun. Never look at the sun through the pinhole. View a video on how to make a pinhole viewer at https://tinyurl.com/ycjmtgve.

- NASA Television is offering real-time coverage of the event, which will include unprecedented images of the eclipse from numerous spacecraft, high-altitude aircraft and balloons, and ground observations. The broadcast also will include live coverage of activities in parks, libraries, stadiums, festivals and museums across the nation, and on social media.

To view the broadcast, visit: www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

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