Oak Park Public Library to host eclipse viewing party

The Boston Public Library relies on people coming into its branches to check out books to read, so it's important it protect its patron's eyes.

A number of parks around the United States will be premier viewing sites for a rare solar eclipse that will be crossing the U.S. August 21. In Fairfax County the moon will begin to cover the sun at 1:17 p.m. and the eclipse will end at 4:01 p.m. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is holding a free viewing party at the visitor center from 9 a.m.to noon. T-shirt supplies are limited, so be sure to come early.

The path of the total eclipse will not pass directly over the Mid-South, but we will be close enough the see the moon block about 94 percent of the sun, which promises to be a spectacular sight nonetheless.

The first total eclipse of the sun to be seen in the continental United States in 38 years is almost here. This one will carve a path across the entire country - and Nebraska happens to be a prime spot for viewing it.

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Kathy McNeilly, second from right, director of the Oak Ridge Public Library, and library employees presented a pair of solar eclipse glasses to City Manager Mark Watson, center, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. You can damage your eyes if you are not using proper safety equipment to view the eclipse.

The American Astronomical Society has listed manufacturers of eclipse glasses on their site, which are verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 worldwide safety standard.

And who could more trustworthy than your local librarian?

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