Library prepares public for Solar Eclipse

18 August, 2017, 15:02 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • An Oregon man is warning people to be extra careful on the day of the eclipse

Will you be in Southern California for the solar eclipse on August 21?

On Thursday of this week (Aug. 17), the Gaines County Library will be hosting a pre-eclipse public program, where they will " excitement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to children, teens and adults locally, according to a press release issued by library officials.

The department is making it easy to view the eclipse with telescopes with solar filters, free safe eclipse glasses, and pinhole cameras.

"I've never seen an eclipse before but I've heard it's a cool experience", says 22-year-old Simon Archambault who plans to watch Monday's solar eclipse with a bunch of friends in Boston, but he knows he's taking a risk. Sunglasses are not safe when it comes to viewing the eclipse. The partial eclipse will begin at 1:23 p.m. with the maximum coverage at 2:46 p.m. and it will end at 4:03 p.m.

People in Los Angeles will be able to see a partial solar eclipse, as long as clouds do not obstruct the view.

The Westport Astronomical Society, 182 Bayberry Lane, Westport, is holding a free public viewing of the eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. Just walk up the hill to the observatory.

Overexposure to the sun can change the chemistry or can even cause physical burns or spots in the eye tissue that impair vision and, in severe cases, create a permanent reduction of vision.

Keep in mind to never look at the sun, even during a partial eclipse, without a proper solar filter. "The eclipse presents a wonderful opportunity for our community, and it is important to do proper research to protect your health".

You can also put a piece of white paper on the ground so you can see the reflection more clearly.

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