New Hampshire solar eclipse events

The Granite State won't see a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, but the sun is expected to be about 62 percent covered during peak eclipse around 2:43 p.m.

Here's a quick roundup of Great American Solar Eclipse events and public viewings happening in New Hampshire:

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017; 1-1:30 p.m.

About: Educator and NASA Ambassador Sally Jensen will give a hands-on demonstration of the eclipse. Attendees can learn about the phenomena and be ready to view it on Monday! On August 21, from 1:15 p.m. to 4:05 p.m., a small scope with a solar filter will be set up at The Rey Center to watch the live event.

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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness

When: Monday, August 21, 2017

About: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will be hosting a viewing of the solar eclipse. Staff from McAuliffe-Shephard Discovery Center will guide you in safely viewing this phenomenon using solar telescopes and eclipse glasses. Participate in hands-on activities and learn how and why eclipses happen. Watch a NASA live-cast of the total eclipse too. 

Cost: The cost is included with trail admission.

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SEE Science Center in Manchester

When: Monday, August 21, 2017

About: Information cards, glasses and temporary tattoos will be available for kids and families to learn about the eclipse and an opportunity to see the partial viewing will be from 1:25 - 3:45 p.m.

Cost: The cost is included with Science Center admission ($9 for ages 3 and up).

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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord

When: Monday, August 21, 2017; 10:30 a.m.

About: The Discovery Center will have gallery activities, special talks by WMUR Meteorologist Kevin Skarupa, NASA JPL's Dr. Art Hammond, NH Science Teachers Association's Andrew DiGiovanni, and Mt. Washington Observatory's Tom Padham; planetarium shows highlighting the eclipse; a livestream from NASA; and guided viewing of the big solar eclipse event.

Cost: Adults are $10, $9 for students, $7 for kids ages 3-12; free admission for ages 2 and younger and members

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Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover

When: Monday, August 21, 2017; 2-3:30 p.m.

About: Visitors are invited to visit the STEAM Lab at 2 p.m. to learn about the partial solar eclipse. The Children's Museum has 30 special glasses from NASA that will be handed out to participants to view the partial eclipse at its peek at 2:30 p.m. Due to limited numbers of glasses, parents and children will be encouraged to share a pair. For safety, all participants must check in at the lab before receiving glasses to view the eclipse at 2:30 p.m. Sign-ups will be accepted at the front desk in person when the museum opens at 10 a.m. Visitors can also create pinhole cameras to take home, pinhole "sun" cardboard viewers (these project the eclipse onto the ground), and during the eclipse younger children can participate in a shadow puppet craft, pocket sun clocks and eclipse chalk art.

Cost: Included with Museum admission ($10 for everyone ages 1 and older; $9 for seniors 65 and older).

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Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods

When: Monday, August 21, 2017; 12-3 p.m.

About: (Virtually) join Douglas Arion, Professor of Physics and Astronomy from Carthage College, who delivers the astronomy programs at the Omni Mount Washington. The hotel will simulcast the eclipse from Arion's observing location in Stanley, Idaho where he is leading two eclipse Adventure Travel excursions for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Weather permitting, a telescope will be set up at the hotel to watch the partial solar eclipse that will be visible from New Hampshire.

Cost: Free

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America's Stonehendge in Salem

When: Monday, August 21, 2017: 1:27 p.m. to 3:57 p.m.

About: America's Stonehenge is the highest point in Salem and an excellent spot from which to view the eclipse. Dennis Stone, president of America's Stonehenge, will be on the site to answer questions about the site and the astronomical alignments.

Cost: This event is included with general admission, and reservations are not required. Admission rates: adults are $12, seniors (65+) are $10, ages 6-12 are $7.50, and ages 5 and younger are free of charge.

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Hooksett Public Library in Hooksett

When: When: Monday, August 21, 2017; 2-3 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

About: Join this eclipse watch on the front lawn of the library, located at 31 Mount Saint Marys Way in Hooksett.

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Griffin Free Public Library in Auburn

When: When: Monday, August 21, 2017; 2:30-3 p.m.

About: Although the Griffin Free Public Library is usually closed on Mondays, they invite people to visit with library staff outside to view the eclipse. Safety glasses will be provided.

Cost: Free to attend

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Kimball Library in Atkinson

When: When: Monday, August 21, 2017; 1:20-3 p.m.

About: Everyone is invited to gather in the library's courtyard

Cost: The library is located at 5 Academy Avenue in Atkinson.

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East Kingston Public Library in East Kingston

When: When: Monday, August 21, 2017; 1:30-4 p.m.

About: The East Kingston Public Library is located at 47 Maplevale Road in East Kingston.

Cost: Free to attend

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Derry Public Library in Derry

When: Monday, August 21, 2017; 1:30-3:15 p.m.

About: Registered attendees will snack on Moon Pies and Sunkist. There will also be a limited supply of ISO 12312-2 certified viewing glasses available to share. 

Cost: Free to attend

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Fiske Free Library in Claremont

When: Monday, August 21, 2017; 1 p.m.

About: Join Odds Bodkins for "When the Moon Danced with the Sun: Tales for An Eclipse!"

Cost: Free to attend

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This event is a bit of a stretch, but hey, we're parents! Cocktails are always welcome :)

Great American Restaurants throughout New Hampshire

When: Monday, August 21, 2017

About: Great American Restaurants with outdoor dining (Copper Door in Bedford, Bedford T-BONES, Cactus Jack’s in Manchester, T-BONES in Derry, T-BONES in Hudson, and T-BONES in Laconia) will feature solar eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last) for guests who want to share in the experience. To further celebrate the event the creative bar masters will feature their “Solar Splash”, which is a delightful combination of Lunetta, Orange Juice, and Chambord which represents the sun and moon converging together in true eclipse fashion. 

Cost: The drink will be a special price of $6.99 just for the one day event.

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