In just over a month and a half on August 21, a full solar eclipse will sweep across the United States for the first time in almost 100 years! Certain cities in the United States will be able to witness the complete solar eclipse. Libraries and community organizations in the Continental US are hosting programs, live streams, and viewing parties that can be accessed from anywhere in the country. And over 5,000 libraries across the country are hosting Eclipse Viewing Parties and eclipse-related programs and events. Find out about eclipse events in your own community by accessing the STARnet map which lists what local libraries have planned for this awesome and rare event.
Here are a few additional helpful resources:
- Forbes shared an article here that details seven things to look for when safely watching the eclipse.
- USA Today just published a great article answering all your burning questions about the solar eclipse.
- Follow your “citizen science” curiosity at NASA which has many opportunities for amateur astronomers and lifelong learners to get in on the fun of doing science during the eclipse.
- Check out the Eclipse Resource Center which includes the free, downloadable 2017 Solar Eclipse Guide as well as downloadable images, videos, and animations, posters, and maps.
- Time Magazine also covered a story on why total Solar Eclipses are a rare occurrence.
Happy (safe) solar viewing!