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Places To Join The Fun To Watch The Solar Eclipse In Fairfield County

The Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk is gearing up for the solar eclipse.
The Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk is gearing up for the solar eclipse. Photo Credit: Submitted
The Ridgefield Library will host a solar eclipse celebration.
The Ridgefield Library will host a solar eclipse celebration. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Got eclipse fever but not sure where to go for the best view?

The first visible total solar eclipse in over 25 years takes place Monday. Aug. 21 starting at 1:44 p.m. It peaks around 2:45 and ends at 4 p.m.

The moon will cover about 75 percent of the sun in Fairfield County, but you'll still get to experience this rare celestial event. Just head to the following locales -- and keep your fingers crossed for clear skies. Remember, too, to pack your eclipse glasses.

  • Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk: All are invited to witness the solar eclipse as it's captured streaming live from the sky and at the museum's state-of-the-art Multimedia Gallery. There are also plenty of kid's activities from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
  • Ridgefield Library Eclipse Celebration, Ballard Park, Ridgefield: The action starts with a themed 10:30 a.m. storytime at the Library and continues throughout the day. The Library and Parks and Rec will host music, crafts, games, a solar system scavenger hunt and eclipse viewing in Ballard Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Safe viewing glasses and instruction will be provided at the event.
  • Rolnick Observatory, Westport Astronomical Society, Westport : Members of the society will help visitors safely view the event through proper solar filters at the observatory. No registration is required. Just show up at the observatory, 182 Bayberry Lane.

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