Farmington Valley Libraries, Children's Museum Among Locations To View Solar Eclipse

Farmington Valley Libraries, Children's Museum Among Locations To View Solar Eclipse

"The last time a path of totality for a solar eclipse crossed the United States from coast to coast was 1918".

The Library in the Forest is inviting those looking for a place to view Monday's solar eclipse to join them on the observation deck for an eclipse viewing party. The partial eclipse begins in DeLand at 1:18 p.m., reaching its maximum extent at 2:50 p.m. and ending at 4:14 p.m.

"It is not safe to stare directly at the sun, even when it is 85 percent covered by the moon, but we will have several ways to observe this upcoming event", he said. Do not, under any circumstance, look directly into the sun ever, including during a solar eclipse, for risk of severe damage to your eyes.

If you plan to watch the eclipse, it's very important you protect your eyes, by wearing special glasses. Unfortunately, most are already sold out. Unless you are traveling outside Northern Indiana, we WILL NOT be viewing a total eclipse on August 21st.

Only with special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or a hand-held solar viewer, can a person safely look directly at the sun. RFO, Shutterbug and KSRO also host a free viewing party at downtown Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square.

London Drugs is one outlet where eclipse glasses are available. Taking a peek at the eclipse for even a moment could do serious eye damage. It is occurring for the first time since 1918 and is expected to last for almost two daylight hours, with two minutes of darkness.

To avoid damage, use certified solar eclipse glasses.

"It's the first one in a hundred years that's gone from West Coast to East Coast", said Patrick McQuillan who works at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.

People in Los Angeles will be able to see a partial solar eclipse, as long as clouds do not obstruct the view. If you are under the darkest part of that shadow you will see a total solar eclipse.

The total solar eclipse is the first over any part of the U.S. since 1979 - but it will be travelling so fast you couldn't even chase it in a supersonic jet.