BATH — If it hadn’t been plastered all over the news and social media, it’s likely you wouldn’t have noticed the solar eclipse that occurred Aug. 21.

While the news was focused on the “path of totality” that made up a large swath of the U.S., Midcoast Maine had its own part of the celestial event to witness, albeit a smaller one. While we didn’t get the impressive total eclipse, it still obscured the sun enough to be noticeable with the right equipment.

Residents and visitors took advantage of the clear skies to observe the phenomenon, which won’t occur again in Maine for seven years.

Dale Mrazik was visiting Bath by boat, and letting any passersby use the eclipse glasses he brought. “You’ve to got share the fun, right?”

Sarah and Jeff Gaines made sure to get glasses well in advance so they were prepared for the event. They brought their two children, Emma and Grace, to City Park to check out the eclipse.
“I did all my homework, because they had to be the right number, they had to be rounded and not squared, and so on,” said Sarah.

The next eclipse in 2024 promises to be more impressive for Mainers.