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 Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing & Photography

Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing & Photography12:00PM-1:00PM February 22nd, 2024


Many of SCRLC's 14 counties (and beyond) will experience a partial eclipse. How do you safely view a total or partial solar eclipse? What if you do not have eclipse glasses?

Audience: Library staff and science educators are welcome to attend and CTLE certificates are available.

Join author, astronomy professor, and avid amateur astronomer Phil Harrington for this discussion. You will learn how to:


·         Be able to tell safe eclipse glasses from unsafe (In the last solar total eclipse in August, 2017, there were unsafe, counterfeit eclipse glasses sold)

·         Make pinhole viewers but even better, the Safe Solar Viewer (SSV) or Advanced SSV

·         Purchase and use solar filters with binoculars and/or telescopes (for those with such equipment)

·         Safely photograph the eclipse



Phil Harrington is an adjunct professor at Suffolk County Community College, where he teaches courses in stellar and planetary astronomy.  He is a founding member of the Westport (CT) Astronomical Society and a former staff member of New York City's Hayden Planetarium and instructor at the Vanderbilt Planetarium in Centerport, New York. His books include Touring the Universe Through Binoculars, Eclipse, and Star Ware. Phil is also a contributing editor for Astronomy magazine, where he has published more than 200 articles since 1988. Phil frequently reviews telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomical equipment, as well as writes the magazine's monthly "Binocular Universe" column.

This program is part of SCRLC's Moon Mondays: Get Ready for the Great 2024 Total Eclipse, which is supported in part by the American Astronomical Society's Jay M. Pasachoff Solar Eclipse Mini-Grants Program.   

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