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See a partial solar eclipse in Westport

By Westport Astronomical Society

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Westport, CT – IF THE SKIES ARE CLEAR - Visit the Westport Astronomical Society for views of a partial solar eclipse on August 21st. One of the most memorable astronomical events of our lifetimes is about to take place as a total solar eclipse dazzles viewers across the United States. The big show will occur along a narrow path of totality less than 70 miles wide stretching from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, and you should make every effort to be within that path.

However, if you can't make it to totality you can still see great views of the eclipse safely here in Westport, where we will observe a 70% partial solar eclipse.

We invite you to visit our observatory where we’ll have solar telescopes and solar glasses available for safely viewing the eclipse (if the sky is clear). Remember, NEVER look at the sun, even during a partial eclipse, without a proper solar filter!

The eclipse runs from 1:24 pm to 4:00 pm, with the maximum at 2:45 pm.

Come out and see the moon take a bite out of the sun right here in Westport.


Viewing the sun is a potentially hazardous activity. Use our equipment at your own risk and you assume all liability for your own safety. Do not touch any telescope at any time. Westport Astronomical Society is not responsible for any harm or injury.


Parking is CLOSED at the observatory except for emergency vehicles, the media, and handicapped vehicles. Parking is allowed in the lot below the observatory at the Westport Weston Health District and on Bayberry Lane. Just walk up the hill to the observatory. DO NOT BLOCK TRAFFIC ON BAYBERRY.

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