Eclipse Viewing Events Planned for the Cape & Islands

SANDWICH & NANTUCKET – We are just days away from what experts say will be the most direct view of a solar eclipse for Americans in the last 99 years.

On August 21, all across the United States, the solar eclipse will be viewed by millions, and those on Cape Cod are being invited to celebrate the event at Heritage Museums and Gardens with a special day of activities.

Visitors will receive a free pair of safe eclipse viewing glasses, while supplies last, make their own pinhole projector, talk with astronomy expert Gil Newton, eat moon, and sun, themed food, and participate in other eclipse-related activities.

“This celestial event presents a great opportunity to come to Heritage for a day of fun and learning together about the natural world,” says Ellen Spear, president and CEO. “We encourage visitors to come for the day, spread a blanket on the Parade Field in the afternoon, make a pinhole projector, and view the solar eclipse together. ‘Moon Day’ at Heritage will be great fun!”

The event takes place between 1-4 pm, with the ultimate expression of the eclipse at about 2:30 pm.

Those on Nantucket shouldn’t feel left out of the action. The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association will also be offering a number of programs and workshops to celebrate the occasion with a week of fun leading to the eclipse.

The association will be offering solar viewing glasses all week at their offices on Vestal Street, will offer a pinhole camera class on Tuesday the 15th, and they will hold an eclipse workshop on the 20th.

For the event itself, residents are invited to a free eclipse party at their Vestal Street observatory from 1:30 to 4 PM.


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