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The first question that always comes to mind when we hear about the upcoming eclipse is ‘Where can I see it?’ While Connecticut will only be getting a partial eclipse there will still be plenty for us to see on Monday.












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C1: Partial Eclipse begins
Mid: Middle of the eclipse (the maximum amount of Sun is covered)
C4: Partial Eclipse ends
Coverage: How much of the Sun is covered at mid-eclipse
(All times are approximate, and are in EDT)




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The only way to look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.

  • solar-eclipse_46Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
  • If you have any pets that go outside keep them inside during the eclipse so not to damage their eyes.

How is a partial solar eclipse different from a total solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between the Earth and the sun and the moon casts a shadow over the Earth. A solar eclipse can only take place at the phase of ‘new moon’ when the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth. There are three kinds of solar eclipses: total, partial and annular. There is also a rare hybrid that is a combination of an annular and a total eclipse.

Eclipse TourismTotal Eclipse: an eclipse of the sun in which the moon completely  hides that solar surface or photosphere and thereby cuts off all direct rays of sunlight from the observer.


5348815_GPartial Eclipse: an eclipse of the sun in which the moon does not completely hide the solar surface/ photosphere so that some direct rays of sunlight reach the observer.



Annular Eclipse: an eclipse of the sun in which the edge of the sun remains visible as a bright ring around the moon.


Why is everyone making the solar eclipse a big deal?

Well, the last time a solar eclipse was visible over the US was in 1979. It was a total eclipse and occurred on February 26, 1979. Its path passed through the northwestern  U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. After the August 2017 total solar eclipse, the next annular solar eclipse that can be seen in the continental United States will be on October 14, 2023 which will be visible from Northern California to Florida. Following this, we will have a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 visible from Texas to Maine.


Eclipses Come in Pairs!sun_yang__yin_moon_ii_by_thedookie-d55jpl1

A lunar eclipse always occurs about 2 weeks before or after a solar eclipse. on some occasions a solar eclipse can be both preceded and followed by a lunar eclipse. You can see more on the future lunar and solar eclipses here:





August 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

August 9th – National Book Lover’s Day

Try a new author or re-read your favorite!

As if you need an excuse to read. Book Lover’s Day is the day to plop into your favorite chair, kick your feet up and treat yourself to some quality reading. Let the pages sweep you away to your favorite place – whether it be another time, another planet or another realm. Wash away the stress of the day with your favorite genre.

Don’t know where to begin? Check out some of our favorite picks below!



The Outsiders   by S. E. Hinton

According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.



Never Never   by Brianna R. Shrum

The tale of Peter Pan told through the eyes of Captain James Hook. James is a boy who can’t wait to grow up into a fine man but days before he begins school at Eton Academy he meets the boy who never wants to grow up – Peter Pan. Peter talks him into going to Neverland, but just for a quick weekend holiday. When James grows tired of the games and imagination he starts to long for home. Only now Peter refuses to take him back and James runs off in anger. It doesn’t take the boy long to stumble across a gang of pirates and James sees something oddly familiar about the ship they call home. It’s the Jolly Roger, the ship of his dreams, the ship he sailed as Captain every night when he went to sleep. Real and in front of him, full of a pirate crew waiting for a proper leader. This twist on a classic tale will immediately draw in any reader. Never Never beautifully illuminates the story of how the rivalry between Peter Pan and Captain Hook came to be. Why did Peter cut off Hook’s hand? How did the crocodile start to tick?


flowers_for_algernonFlowers For Algernon   by Daniel Keyes

Charlie Gordon, a floor sweeper born with an unusually low IQ, has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that doctors hope will increase his intelligence – a procedure that has been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. All Charlie wants is to be smart and have friends, but the treatment turns him into a genius. Then Algernon begins to fade. What will become of Charlie?



1125325The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy    by Douglas Adams

Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together, this dynamic pair began a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed, ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod’s girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years.


“A reader lives a thousand lives before they die. The person who never reads lives only once.” – George R. R. Martin


August 9, 2017 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

It’s National Embrace Geekness Day!

july 13, 2017 post_2It’s July 13th and that means let your inner geek shine! In the past decade we’ve taken the word ‘geek’ and transfigured it from demeaning to flattering. Geekdom now brings people together and lets them express and be proud of the quirky things that define us. Whether you spend your time cosplaying, reading comic books or talking to your friends in cling on you make your fandom shine. So on this wonderful geeky day embrace your passionate obsessions and let your imagination run wild!

What Are Some Ways To Celebrate?

  • wear your favorite fandom shirt around town or to work
  • re-read your favorite book series (some geeks  have been known to re-read the Harry Potter series in a single day!)
  • gather your Star Wars (or any fandom favorite) DVD’s and have a binge-a-thon!

“When I was a kid, it was a huge insult to be a geek. Now it’s a point of pride in a weird way.” – J. J. Abrams

So drama geeks and sci-fi freaks gather your pokéballs and ready your Tardis for travel as you express your fandoms loud and proud!


July 13, 2017 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

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