The Great American Solar Eclipse

Credit: Rick Fienberg / TravelQuest International / Wilderness Travel

In 11 days, a total solar eclipse will transverse the continental United States.  While Arlington is not in the path of totality, we can expect to view the moon obscuring 63.2% of the sun.

Join us in garden between Robbins Library and Town Hall on Monday August 21 as we attempt to view the total solar eclipse from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We are receiving glasses from the The STAR Library Network (STAR_Net), with support from the Moore Foundation, Google, NASA, the Research Corporation, and NSF, which has distributed over 2.1 million safe eclipse glasses to 7,000 unique locations including public library branches, bookmobiles, tribal libraries, library consortia, and state libraries in all 50 states!


The first 40 attendees will receive solar-viewing eclipse glasses, while supplies last (limit 1 per person / 2 per family). Glasses will be distributed at 2:00 p.m. in the Winfield Robbins Memorial Garden. Look for the library staff member wearing a blue Robbins Library apron Prime viewing time for the Boston area is about 2:46 pm.

The Children’s Room will have pin-hole cardboard viewers available.

For more information, please email


Credit: Courtesy Mark Margolis / Rainbow Symphony

Safe Viewing Tips from NASA 

  • Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality. (
  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses”.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.For more safety viewing tips, please visit: NASA Total Eclipse 101

An alternative way to view the eclipse is through a pinhole projector, which are very easy to make, or use your hands.

More Information about the Eclipse and interactive sites: 

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