solar eclipse

Emily Corwin

Across New Hampshire, people gathered with special glasses, hand-made viewers, and solar telescopes to get a safe view of today's eclipse.


Several University of New Hampshire faculty members have spent the past few days traveling to areas of the country that are in the path of totality for Monday's solar eclipse.

John Gianforte is an astronomer and physics lecturer at UNH, and called into NHPR Monday morning from Sweetwater, Tennessee:

Courtesty NASA/Robin Cordiner

Public Safety officers in New Hampshire are warning residents to use caution while on the roads during Monday’s solar eclipse.

The warnings include: use your headlights during the eclipse, don’t take photos of it while driving, don’t wear the specialty eclipse glasses while driving, and especially don’t pull over on the breakdown lane to catch a peak.

But Captain John Marasco of the Office of Highway Safety says his best advice is this:

Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties Planned Across N.H.

Aug 21, 2017

Monday's solar eclipse will be in New Hampshire skies starting just before 1:30 this afternoon. Peak viewing will be at 2:43 and last until about 4. N.H. will only be seeing about two-thirds of the eclipse - with the total eclipse only appearing in parts of Oregon to South Carolina. 


The eclipse is coming, and eclipse enthusiasts have been planning their viewing parties for months now, but they recieved troubling news over the weekend. Eclipse viewing glasses that don't meet safety guidelines are said to be flooding the market.

Concord Monitor columnist David Brooks has been keeping track of these sun-gazing safety hazards, and he spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello.

Anticipating the Solar Eclipse Celestial Event

Aug 9, 2017
National Park Service

We get a preview of this month's total solar eclipse with a team of N.H. astronomers.  Although New Hampshire won't be in the "zone of totality," find out how to safely watch as the moon blocks out nearly 62% percent of the sun's light in N.H. on August 21.  The moon will being moving in front of the sun around 1:30pm, with peak coverage around 2:45pm.  In other astronomical news, we take a look back at 40 years of space exploration with  NASA's Voyager mission, the Curiosity Rover, and what Cassini has learned before it is deliberately crashed into Saturn.