Where you can watch the Great American Eclipse in the Capital Region


ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On August 21, Americans all over the country will be able to view the solar eclipse.

While only a small band of Americans will be able to view the total eclipse, most will be able to see a partial eclipse.

NASA says the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses”. Eclipse glasses or viewers should be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard.

The Capital Region will be able to see 60 to 70 percent coverage of the solar eclipse.

Locations in the Capital Region to watch the Solar Eclipse


Guests will be able to view the partial solar eclipse safely through telescopes or eclipse glasses. Live streams of the eclipse will be provided if there is inclement weather.

Cost: Free with admission ($10.50 adults, $7.50 kids 12 and under, $9 seniors 65+, free for MiSci members).

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: PlanetariumRed Hook Community Viewing

Guests will be supplied glasses and instruction for safe viewing.

Cost: Free

Time: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Lawn of Linden Avenue Middle School. An event will be held inside the Community Center if there is inclement weather.Bethlehem Public Library

Dudley Observatory astronmer Valerie Rapson will be at the library on Saturday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 16 to discuss the upcoming solar eclipse. Free eclipse viewing glasses will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cost: Free

Time: 2 p.m. (Saturday, August 12) and 7 p.m. (August 16).Hirsch Observatory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Hirsch Observatory will be open for public viewing of the partial solar eclipse. Students and volunteers will be on hand with eclipse glasses and telescopes.

Cost: Free

Time: 1 to 4:30 p.m.Berkshire Athenaeum

Solar eclipse-themed activities will be held all day. The library will provide 100 pairs of free certified safe shades for eclipse viewing on a first-come, first-serve basis (one pair per family).

Cost: Free

Time: 2 to 4 p.m.Schenectady Public Library

The library will be hosting an eclipse viewing event. Free ISO-certified eclipse viewing glasses will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a limit of four per family.

Cost: Free

Time: 12 – 4 p.m.Niskayuna High School

A solar viewing party will be held at the Niskayuna High School’s soccer fields. Sun spotter scopes will be setup and eclipse shades will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cost: Free

Time: 1 p.m.Siena College

Souvenir ISO-approved viewing glasses will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visitors should park in Lot F on the first base side of the baseball field.

Cost: Free

Time: 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Visit NASA’s Solar Eclipse event database.

Additional information on the Solar Eclipse.

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