04 Aug Viewing the Solar Eclipse: Let Us Help!
The Delray Beach Public Library is officially out of eclipse viewing glasses.
On Monday, August 21st, 2017, a solar eclipse is cutting across the US! This will be the first total solar eclipse viewable from the continental U.S. in 38 years! (Shout-out to 1979.)
From our location down here in Delray Beach, we will see a partial solar eclipse. According to data provided by the United States Naval Observatory, the eclipse will peak at 2:57pm EDT, when the moon obscures 80.6% of the sun.
So what is a solar eclipse? It is a line-up of the sun, the moon, and the earth. The moon, directly in between the sun and the earth, casts a shadow on our planet. The sky will go dark for a few minutes in the middle of the day, all because of a huge coincidence where everything aligns perfectly. How crazy is that?!
And the best part – everyone in the US (including Alaska and Hawaii) will get to experience this. And due to the media, the coverage of our highway system, and the expected weather for that Monday, this will be the most highly viewed eclipse EVER.
As exciting as this is, it is not safe to stare into the sun. Special glasses with solar filters are designed exclusively for looking directly at the solar eclipse to avoid eye injury.
But you’re in luck – Delray Beach Public Library has you covered. We care about your eyeballs! Thanks to the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning and STAR_Net Libraries, we have stocked up on solar eclipse viewing glasses! They are not only super fashionable, but they will protect your retinas from the exposure so you bookworms can keep on reading.
They are free and can be picked up from the Children’s Desk or Circulation Desk. They are first come, first serve – so act fast! You don’t want to miss this astronomical gift.