Join us on Monday, August 21, to experience the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years. To see the eclipse well, NASA recommends a clear spot with a good view of the sky, which you’ll find at the Harnish Main Library. Our event runs from 11:45 to 1:45pm, with the peak of the eclipse at 1:19pm in our area. The closest location to view the total eclipse (when the sun is completely blocked by the moon) is in Carbondale, Illinois. In case of inclement weather, we will relocate the program to the Meeting Room on the lower level, where we will be viewing a livestream of the eclipse from NASA.
Never look directly at the sun without appropriate eyewear: regular sunglasses are not safe to view the eclipse. The library will be giving out special viewing glasses to attendees on August 21 (courtesy of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation with additional help from Google, National Science Foundation, and NASA). The library will also distribute pinhole viewers.
Beginning August 14, families/households may request up to two viewing glasses on a first-come, first serve basis. We have a limited number of glasses available for early distribution. We’re sorry, but we have no more glasses to distribute. Click here for a link to resources for viewing glasses (AAPLD is not responsible for the timeliness of these links).
A solar eclipse happens when the moon casts a shadow on Earth, fully or partially blocking the sun’s light in some areas. Observers within the path of totality will be able to see the sun’s corona (weather permitting). Observers outside this path (such as our location) will see a partial eclipse.
The next total solar eclipse visible over the continental United States will be on April 8, 2024. Read more about the eclipse at nasa.gov.
Via MentalFloss.com, a recollection of the scientists who raced to view the total solar eclipse in 1878.
Adapted from Experience the 2017 Eclipse Across America (NASA, Rev 6/17).