Social Dilemma - Will You Stop Everything Today to Watch the Solar Eclipse?

Well, today is a big day!  Solar Eclipse Monday 2017!!!  And a lot of people are pretty excited about the event.  Here in the Capital District, we'll only have about 70% coverage of the sun, but it will still be pretty cool to see.  We tend to get pretty enthusiastic when nature and science put on a show for us.  So I admit it, I'll be watching this afternoon for a little while.  But what if you're going to be at work?  Or you have some other commitment?   Will you be putting your day on hold for a little while this afternoon to watch the show?  Are you charged up about it?  Or do you think it's been way overhyped?   I've included a list of places you can watch the eclipse this afternoon, but remember, no matter what, don't look at the sun unless you have the special glasses.  Your sunglasses, no matter how expensive will not be enough to block the intense rays.   So will you be watching, or will you be going about your business as usual?  Let me know!

  • American Heritage Area Visitors Center/Henry Hudson Planetarium
    • 25 Quackenbush Square, Corner of Broadway and Clinton Avenue, Albany
    • 1 P.M.
    • $4
    • Total seats: 60
    • Call for availability (518-434-0405)
    • See 'Wonders of the Universe Star Show' then go outside and use offered eclipse glasses
  • Arkell Museum at Canajoharie & Canajoharie Public Library
    • 2 Erie Blvd
    • Look at sun and moon-themed masterworks and create your own after viewing the spectacle in the sky with eclipse glasses
    • 518-673-2314
  • Bethlehem Public Library
    • 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar
    • Bring your pinhole cameras and eclipse glasses
    • Shortly before the eclipse begins, patrons can gather on the lawn for a viewing
    • 518-439-9314
  • Children's Museum of Science & Technology
    • 250 Jordan Road, North Greenbush
    • 1 P.M.
    • Included with cost of museum admission
    • 518-235-2120
  • Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
    • 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park
    • 1 P.M.
    • Live stream of the eclipse
    • Limited number of eclipse glasses
    • Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the sky show
    • 518-371-8622
  • Girl Scout Camp Is Sho Da
    • Mannix Road, East Greenbush
    • 12:30-4 P.M.
    • The Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY host an eclipse viewing party with eclipse-related activities
    • GSNENY provides ISO-approved solar eclipse glasses and ice cream sundaes
    • Bring sunscreen, water bottle, bagged lunch, blanket/chair, and hat
    • Families welcome
    • $3
    • Entry limited to first 125 registrants
    • Register online at http://bit.ly/2wR9bbL
  • Niskayuna High School soccer fields
    • 1626 Balltown Road, Niskayuna
    • 1-4 P.M.
    • Paul Scott has sun spotters and eclipse glasses for viewing the event and specific instruments so party-goers can capture data
    • Capri Sun, Sunkist, and Sun Chips for fuel
  • Pittsfield Public Library
    • 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
    • The Berkshires get a 66% eclipse but the library has eclipse glasses and viewing that starts at 2 P.M.
    • 413-499-9480
  • Saratoga Race Course
    • Track will experience a partial eclipse between 1:22-3:55 P.M.
    • Eclipse Award winners Angel Cordero Jr. Ramon Dominguez, and Richard Migliore will make a special appearance in the Winners Circle to watch the Eclipse.
    • Fans will be invited to view the eclipse on telescopes equipped for solar viewing in the paddock information booth.
    • Post time for the day's fourth race will be moved from 2:40 to 2:45 P.M. to accommodate the viewing of the peak at 2:41 P.M.
  • Schenectady Museum of Innovation and Science
    • In Dudley Observatory
    • 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady
    • 1:22 P.M.
    • Astronomer Valerie Rapson helps children and adults use telescopes and pinhole cameras
    • Cost included with admission
    • 518-382-7890
  • Siena College
    • Eclipse viewing from 1-4 P.M. by the baseball field
    • Special viewing telescopes for public use
    • IMPORTANT: Discard purchased eclipse glasses from the college, following the event, as information from the manufacturer obtained by Siena states that they cannot independently verify that the glasses are safe for further use


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