Library to host Solar Eclipse Block Party

How to know your eclipse glasses are safe

Bacon will discuss the history and science of solar eclipses, eclipse safety and specific techniques for photographing the eclipse.

While the eclipse's path of totality on August 21 will pass through the Carbondale area, viewers at Harper will see the moon obscure up to 87 percent of the sun at about 1:18 p.m. This will be the first coast-to-coast eclipse in the U.S.in 99 years. To observe that you will have to travel out of state - see the maps on https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov. As it is now if you look at the sun the cells behind your retina become damaged. Pick glasses that are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard. It will reach the coast of OR at Lincoln City, just west of Salem, at 9:04 a.m. and end in SC around 5:04 p.m. EST.

In the path of the eclipse, daytime will appear to turn into dusk and then back to daytime. Every few years, the moon completely blocks on the sun, resulting in a total solar eclipse. The longest eclipse totality will last two minutes and 40 seconds, in Carbondale, Illinois.

Harper College is gearing up for the first total solar eclipse to sweep the entire width of the contiguous United States in almost a century.

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Longtime residents of the Northwest may remember a total solar eclipse.

A total solar eclipse is not terribly rare. The eclipse will certainly be noticeable, but no place in IN will experience totality this eclipse.

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute near Brevard, also at Ground Zero, will host 800 dignitaries and guests, including 300 amateur astronomers, some from as far away as Italy.

They're also reserving the top floor of the parking garage across the street as a place where people to gather to view the spectacular event. The library is offering a number of activities leading up to "totality". Our County Library is a fantastic venue to view the eclipse and NASA's Jet Propulsion lab with which I've been affiliated since 2004 is doing a wonderful job providing resources like the ones below. Plan now for a story you can tell your great grandchildren.

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