As most of you probably heard, the United States, parts of Canada and Mexico will able to view one of the greatest phenomenon of our lifetime, a solar eclipse! This will probably be the only American total/partial eclipse that you will ever witness so don’t miss out on this special event.

Question: What is a SOLAR ECLIPSE?  
Answer:  Occurs when the moon’s orbital path comes between the Sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on the Earth. (as shown in the picture above)

This rare event last occurred in 1979, but only passed through a small area in the western United States. On August 21st the entire United States will get a partial eclipse, however, if you are lucky enough to be inside the 70-mile-wide path of totality that will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina you will be able to see a total eclipse.

Question: How much of the solar eclipse will the Framingham and the surrounding Metrowest community see?
Answer: In zip code 01701/01702, you will see a partial solar eclipse. The eclipse will peak at 2:46:20 pm EDT, when the moon obscures 63.8% of the sun. If you would like to see exactly how much of the eclipse and when it will be at its peak in your area please enter your zip code in the yellow box by clicking here.

Question: Is it safe to view a solar eclipse with your naked eyes?
Answer: No, it is not safe to view a solar eclipse with you eyes for any length of time! Please read the following safety guidelines from N.A.S.A. to view this eclipse safely!  If you would like to purchase special glasses(regular glasses will not work) or make your own SOLAR eclipse viewer please click on the following links: