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What’s Happening on 8-21-17? It’s the Great American Eclipse!

August 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

UPDATE (8/14/2017): The library has run out of the solar eclipse glasses provided to us by the SEE Science Center.

It’s the first total solar eclipse over the contiguous U.S. since 1979.  The last total solar eclipse that took a similar path over the U.S. was in 1918!

But will it be a total solar eclipse in New England?  Unfortunately, not, It’ll look something like this and will start at approximately 1:28pm and end at around 3:59pm.  You can also stop by the Rotunda display for an image of what we’ll see and pick up books for you and the kids on this fascinating phenomenon.

Even though we won’t see a total solar eclipse, we’ll still need special glasses to watch it.  According to NASA, sunglasses are not safe.

NASA also has a great FAQ page which answers such questions as:  why do eclipses happen?  How much does the temperature drop during an eclipse?  Can I take pictures of the eclipse with my smartphone?

Can’t make it to Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, or South Carolina to see the total eclipse? Live stream it!

Here’s another website set up specifically for The Great American Eclipse.  Everything from path maps to web apps, safe glasses and fun eclipse bling can be found here.

Have Fun and be safe.  And don’t forget to play Pink Floyd during the event.

“… and everything under the sun is in tune
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.”

‘Eclipse’ by Pink Floyd from ‘Dark side of the Moon’

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