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Burlington Will Experience Partial Shadow of Solar Eclipse

On Monday, April 8 the Earth will experience a total solar eclipse passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk,

A total solar eclipse will be visible from many parts of the United States however no location in Massachusetts will experience a total eclipse. Some parts of Massachusetts will see over 95% coverage of the sun, weather permitting and will be at its peak at 3:29:29 PM.

Safety is the number one priority when viewing an eclipse, you need to wear specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing by reviewing these safety guidelines. 

The Burlington Public Library will have a limited supply of free eclipse glasses available at the Circulation Desk starting April 1st. 

The BPL is also hosting a special eclipse event for children on Saturday, April 6. A member of the UMASS Lowell Schueller Observatory will talk about the solar eclipse with fun hands-on activities, and a look through a real solar scope. Registration opens Saturday, March 30. Twenty-five pairs of eclipse glasses will be given out to registered attendees.

The Burlington Science Center is hosting an Eclipse Viewing Party the day of the eclipse 2:30 PM to 4:30PM in the field behind the Burlington Parks & Recreation Building at 61 Center Street. Solar eclipse glasses will be offered and there will be a variety of science activities, crafts, live animals and more. A parent or guardian is required to attend this event. Registration at is appreciated to anticipate the amount of attendees for this event.

Watch this special Burlington Science Center YouTube video for more on this celestial event.

The weather forecast currently calls for cloud cover over Burlington on April 8. You can get an animated preview of the view of the eclipse from Burlington by clicking this link.