It Was Eyes To The Skies At the Marconi Maritime Center's Eclipse Party

By: Kat Szmit

Topics: Chatham , Community events

Siblings Rayna and Leo Avidon check out the eclipse in action at the Marconi Maritime Center's Eclipse Party on Monday. Kat Szmit Photo

CHATHAM If it looked like there was a party happening at the Marconi Maritime Center in Chatham on Monday, well, there was. But instead of celebrating all things maritime, this time the museum was looking to the skies as they hosted a festive gathering in honor of the historic partial eclipse.

Attendees not only were given special opaque viewing glasses with which to view the moon as it passed in front of the sun, but were also able to peer through telescopes and binoculars outfitted with solar filters to see not only the shadow of the moon, but sunspots, coronal holes, and coronal mass ejections as well.

For the Connelly and Gearan cousins it was an especially celebratory day as it marked both the eclipse and grandmother Paula Connelly's birthday. To commemorate both, the children donned special shirts made just for the occasion, which those gathered at the museum deemed “awesome!”