Eclipse - Monday, August 21, 2017

For the first time since 1979, a total solar eclipse path crosses the entire continental United States! The next opportunity in the US will not take place until 2024.  

The Bangor Public Library no longer has eclipse glasses

Programming and more!

Emera Astronomy Center and Bangor Public Library are partnering to bring area residents a chance to see the solar eclipse on August 21st of 2017.  This is the first time since 1979 that a total solar eclipse path crosses the entire continental United States, and the next opportunity from the US will not take place until 2024.  Starting with the first program, eclipse glasses will be available for pickup at the Library so community members can safely see the eclipse. There will be a limit of two per family. 

For programming details and safety information - please see below


Bangor, Maine, USA

Partial solar eclipse visible (54.27% coverage of Sun)

Magnitude: 0.6285

Duration: 2 hours, 23 minutes, 37 seconds

Partial eclipse begins: Aug 21, 2017 at 1:31:48 pm

Maximum eclipse: Aug 21, 2017 at 2:46:10 pm

Partial eclipse ends: Aug 21, 2017 at 3:55:25 pm


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For more information about the Emera Planetarium including ticket pricing and availability visit

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Science Lecture

Wednesday, August 16th at 5:30pm

at The Bangor Public Library

Join Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Emera Astronomy Center and President of the International Planetarium Society, Inc. for a special presentation about the Great American Eclipse of 2017. Total Solar Eclipses are one of the most spectacular events in all of nature which humans have observed for millennia.   Explore how eclipses take place, the different types of eclipses view-able from Earth, how to view the upcoming eclipse safely, and share the latest eclipse science.  Along the way, Laatsch will look at cultural views of eclipses and share his experiences of viewing total eclipses during his career in astronomy education. Take a look at future opportunities to view solar and lunar eclipses here in Maine and beyond! View the eclipse safely - FREE Solar Eclipse glasses for attendees.


Planetarium Show

Monday, August 21st 10 am & 11:30 am

at Emera Astronomy Center

(Fee for show)

Emera Astronomy Center will have two special showings of Totality – Explore the Wonders of Eclipses at 10:00 am and 11:30 am in the planetarium (Regular ticket prices apply, reservations are recommended.) Explore the incredible phenomena of Eclipses, both Lunar and Solar. How and why do they occur?  What can we observe and learn from these spectacular displays of nature? Take a look at how eclipses helped prove the theory of general relativity and look forward to upcoming eclipses learning where to see them. From spectacular space environments to the very human experiences that happen when you are caught in the shadow of the Moon and the Sun is plunged into a total solar eclipse, this program will help you understand these fascinating events.  The program includes a tour of the night sky as viewed from Maine!

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FREE solar eclipse viewing will take place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Monday, August 21st

Emera Astronomy Center’s Clark Observatory

(located behind the planetarium)

From Orono, the eclipse begins at 1:31 pm and finishes at 3:55 pm, with maximum eclipse at 2:46 pm when 54.27% of the Sun will be covered by the Moon. A variety of telescopes with solar filters will be used to share the solar eclipse with the general public. A limited supply of FREE eclipse glasses will be available to participants as well.


For your safety - DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE ECLIPSE! This can cause permanent damage to your eyes. Please see some safety tips from our friends at NASA below.

Get your FREE Eclipse Glasses at the Bangor Public Library from the Reference Desk starting August 17th, 2017.                           (Limit 2 per family while supplies last)