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Two Parties Will Offer Prime Solar Eclipse Viewing


A woman in Nashville tries on solar eclipse glasses in July.
Credit: Mark Rankin

You don’t have to watch the solar eclipse alone, two big parties are being held Monday, August 21 in Lower Bucks County.

The eclipse will begin at about 1 p.m., peak at about 2:44 p.m. and finish at about 4 p.m. Two local institutions will be giving locals the chance to gather and celebrate the event that rarely hits the area.

Bucks County Community College, Newtown Campus

Bucks County Community College in Newtown Township will be hosting a viewing party on the patio of the campus’ new science building.

The community college will be providing solar glasses to protect the eyes of attendees and will also be offering snacks from 1:20 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Science instructors from the community college will also be on hand to answer questions about the eclipse.

“It will be worthwhile to view, especially since the next total solar eclipse visible in the United States won’t be until April 8, 2024,” explained professor Debra Geoghan, the interim dean of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, department, which organized the event.

The free viewing party will allow attendees to share in the experience and provide education.

The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, Bristol Borough

If you’re looking to be along the Delaware River for the eclipse, the Grundy Library on Radcliffe Street in Bristol Borough is hosting a free event.

The party will run from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Partygoers will receive solar glasses to safely view the eclipse outside. Inside, the library will be streaming NASA’s view of the total eclipse.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive to the party a little early, organizers said. The afternoon will be rounded out with snacks, games and crafts.

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Erich Martin

Erich Martin attended Bucks County Community College for two years where he was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Centurion, the college newspaper. Erich is currently attending Temple University in order to complete his degree in Journalism. Erich was recognized at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation’s Keystone Press Awards in 2014 for general news. In downtime, Erich enjoys spending time with friends and family. Aside from spending time with family and reporting news, Erich loves getting engrossed in a great game, book, or movie.