Historic Eclipse: Places to watch in Southern New England

(WPRI) — For the first time in a very long time, a solar eclipse will take place over the continental United States.

A stretch of the country – from Oregon to Georgia – will be treated to a total eclipse.

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According to Brown University, the moon’s journey across the face of the sun will begin around 1:30 p.m. and end around 4 p.m., with the maximum obscuration around 2:45 p.m.

While Southern New England will only experience a 66% partial eclipse, many people will have their eyes to the skies to get a glimpse. But, as you may have heard, you can’t just simply look at the eclipse with the naked eye.

Some people have purchased special eyeglasses to protect their eyes. However, if you don’t want to go that route, here are some of the many locations offering public eclipse viewing events.


Frosty Drew Observatory 

  • Ninigret Park, Charlestown
  • 10 a.m. to  4 p.m.
  • Many safe viewing options available
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UMass Dartmouth

  • University Observatory
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Free ISO-certified glasses provided
  • More Information »

North Scituate

Seagrave Memorial Observatory

  • 47 Peeptoad Rd., North Scituate
  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Telescopes and eclipse glasses available
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Providence Museum of Natural History

  • Glasses are free with the price of museum admission
  • Special eclipse education activities
  • Special planetarium show at 1 p.m.

Brown University

Public Libraries

  • Barrington
  • Burrillville
  • Coventry
  • Cumberland
  • East Greenwich
  • East Providence
  • East Smithfield
  • Glocester
  • Little Compton
  • North Scituate
  • Pawtucket
  • Smithfield
  • Tiverton


Wakefield Hill Elementary School

  • 501 Wakefield, Street
  • 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Hosted by West Warwick STEAM Scouts
  • Refreshments and limited number of eclipse glasses available for purchase
  • Solar eclipse-related activities for all ages
  • Supplies will be on hand to make pinhole cameras


NOTE: Watch glasses may be in limited supply at some locations and may be offered on a first-come-first serve basis.

If you have information about a public eclipse viewing event not listed here, please email desk@wpri.com.