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- August 21, 2017 1:00 pmSolar Eclipse viewing party
- September 9, 2017 8:00 pmSecond Saturday Stars
Phone: (860) 946-0312
P.O. Box 1144
New Milford, CT 06776
Welcome to the John J. McCarthy Observatory!
The Mission of the John J. McCarthy Observatory is to further science literacy, both for students and adults of the Western Connecticut region. With the great appeal of Astronomy, it is a natural tool for creating scientific curiosity and reinforcing interest and skills in science.
The all-volunteer staff of the Observatory is dedicated to exciting people to the joys of science and related fields of mathematics and technology.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
The Great American Solar Eclipse is happening August 21st! While too far from the path of totality to experience the full eclipse, the McCarthy Observatory will be hosting a viewing party from 1:00pm to 4:00pm to safely observe the ~70% coverage of the sun through an assortment of protected telescopes and binoculars. Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, even during a partial eclipse, or permanent eye damage will occur! Volunteers will be demonstrating safe solar viewing techniques, including some easy to build at home pin hole devices to safely view the eclipse. This event is free, and no registration is required!
Second Saturday Stars
New telescope users: Bring your equipment and join us in the Newbie Help Corner on the SkyDeck, where one of our knowledgeable volunteers will assist in the set-up and use of your telescope.
The observatory is located on the grounds of New Milford High School on Rte. 7 in New Milford. Enter the high school grounds from Larson Rd., drive to the southwest corner and park in the lot in front of the observatory. Bring questions (and binoculars); we hope to see you there!
PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS:
August 11 – The Great Solar Eclipse
September 8 – The Great Solar Eclipse Recap
McCarthy Observatory is
located on the campus of
New Milford High School
Route 7, New Milford CT