Thursday, June 20, 2024

An eclipse seen from Kentucky in 2017. (Photo: Jongsun Lee via Unsplash)

Solar eclipse in Cambridge and Somerville happens from 2:16 to 4:39 p.m. April 8, peaking at 3:29 p.m. Use specialized eye protection or a homemade pinhole camera. For us, the eclipse as the moon seems to cover the sun will be partial – the city says 93.1 percent obscuration at Fresh Pond – and there will likely be around 60 percent cloud cover. The sky will dim and birds and other creatures will go eerily quiet during the event. 

An eclipse of this magnitude won’t hit Cambridge again until 2079.


The Museum of Science is a terrific resource for information on the solar eclipse, and eclipse glasses are also available in the gift shop there at 1 Science Park, Boston, on the Cambridge border. will broadcast the solar eclipse from 1 to 4 p.m.


Black Monday: An Ephemeral Eclipse exhibition of historical solar eclipse materials viewable only from noon to 2 p.m. at Houghton Library, at Quincy and Harvard streets in Harvard Yard, Cambridge. Look at materials ranging from medieval manuscripts to 20th century science fiction, then head outside to see the eclipse in person. Information is here.

Musician Dan Walker performs original songs celebrating the eclipse with folk, blues and R&B influences from 1 to 2 p.m. at Joan Lorentz Park at 457 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (in front of the Cambridge Main Library). Information is here.

Indoor eclipse livestream from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Information is here.

Somerville West Branch Viewing Party from 2 to 4 p.m. at Somerville Public Library West Branch, 40 College Ave., near Davis Square. Bring your own eclipse glasses or another viewer to watch and enjoy this experience with the West Branch community. Information is here.

Central Library Somerville Viewing Party from 2 to 4 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Bring your own eclipse glasses or another viewer to watch as the phenomenon moves through its path; make eclipse chalk art; and do shadow tracing on the Library’s pathways. Information is here.

“Total Eclipse of the Park” event from 2 to 4:40 p.m. at Kingsley Park near the Water Department facility at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge. Includes live music by the band Trailmix–Uncommon Folk from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., free commemorative solar eclipse glasses (ISO safety certified) and interactive displays and experiments. Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. Information is here.

Solar Eclipse programming from 2 to 4 p.m. at The MIT Museum, Gambrill Center, MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free with museum admission. Talk to an astronomer, make a space-themed automata and watch NASA’s eclipse broadcast on the giant screen. Ticket holders will get a free pair of eclipse glasses while supplies last. Information is here.

O’Connell Branch Eclipse Watch Party from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library O’Connell Branch, 48 Sixth St., East Cambridge. Enjoy the solar eclipse and some eclipse-themed refreshments (black and white cookies?) while playing with chalk art and bubbles. Supplies of eclipse glasses are limited so try to bring your own. Information is here.

“Draw the Eclipse” sidewalk chalk art event from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library Valente Branch, 826 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington, Cambridge. Solar eclipse glasses and sidewalk chalk provided while supplies last. Information is here.