Library to host Solar Eclipse Block Party

SOLAR EXCITEMENT: Are you ready for the eclipse? Find out what you'll experience here and across the nation

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"A partial solar eclipse is interesting; a total solar eclipse is breathtaking", astronomy Professor Bhasker Moorthy said.

Lubbock will experience a 78% max eclipse, when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun during daylight hours and partially blocks or shades the Sun's light from reaching us. In Polson, the eclipse will begin at 10:16 am and end at 12:52 p.m. with the maximum eclipse occurring at 11:31 am.

Then, it is glasses on about 1 p.m. for the total solar eclipse. Looking directly at the sun, even with sunglasses on, will make you go blind.

The eclipse will be visible across the continental United States and is the first of its kind since 1979.

The College will hold a viewing event from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, August 21, in front of the Avanté Center (Building Z), on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the USA from coast to coast was 1918.

You can purchase TSE glasses at Amazon and Walmart.

The lucky ones who live or will visit the 70 mile wide path of total eclipse running from the Pacific Northwest southeastward across the continental United States to SC, will witness daytime turn into night as the moon blocks out the sun. A partial eclipse takes place when only part of the sun is blocked. The glasses allow you to view the sun's natural orange color.

In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1,325 tickets for a grand viewing with speakers and telescopes on 6,643-foot-high Clingmans Dome sold out in five minutes. The company started planning for this eclipse about two years ago and hired around 60 additional workers. But it does occur in the morning when we could see a deck of marine clouds covering up the spectacle west of the Cascades in both Washington and Oregon. The AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force has been working diligently to compile a list of such vendors, now posted on its Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page. That's what Chou did when he was a kid, when he made a pinhole viewer to project an image of the eclipse onto a flat surface.

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