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View Solar Eclipse and Learn the Science Behind It at EPL
Come to Evanston Public Library on August 21 beginning at 11 am for a viewing party of the 2017 solar eclipse. In addition, before the eclipse occurs, experts will be on hand at a series of programs earlier in July and August to help you safely view the eclipse and to explain the science behind it. All ages are welcome, and space is limited. These programs are offered as part of the NASA@ My Library initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery.
Below, we answer some commonly asked questions about the programming.
Do I need to register for any of these programs?
Yes! Please sign up online using the links below or call the Library at 847-448-8610.
What can we do with the eclipse viewers that we make in the program?
We will make eclipse viewers out of boxes that will allow people to safely watch the eclipse but you cannot use them to look directly at the sun. The first 120 people who arrive at the viewing party will receive special eclipse glasses.
What is happening at the viewing party/where will it be held?
We will have multiple stations around the Main Library to explore the eclipse and sun-moon-earth connection. For those who do not get a pair of glasses we will have supplies to make viewers. The Community Meeting room will have live streaming of totality from different locations as the eclipse moves across the country. Here in Evanston we will reach 89% totality. Weather permitting, the rest of the activities will be outside on the ramp/sidewalk area. Bad weather will force all activities into the meeting room.
When is the best time for viewing?
Since we will not get a moment of totality, the greatest coverage of the sun by the moon will be1:15 and 1:25 pm. The moon will start taking a bite out of the sun at 11:54 am and finish at 2:42 pm
We’re excited to share this celestial event with you! Register for upcoming Solar Eclipse events below: