Solar Eclipse, Aug. 21st – Safety First

Solar Eclipse, Aug. 21st – Safety First

Cool Astronomy shows you 50 ways to enjoy the sky. One of them you can try at home on August 21st during the upcoming solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon  passes between the earth and the sun. When this happens the moon blocks the sun. If it is a total eclipse, the sun is completely covered up. If it is partial eclipse, only part of the sun is covered up. On August 21st in Indiana, the eclipse is expected to be partial and will look like this.

One of the things you can learn in this book is how to watch a solar eclipse safely. This is really important to know because watching a solar eclipse incorrectly can hurt your eyes. Your retina can actually get burned by the sun. You can get “eclipse blindness”. “Eclipse blindness” can go away, or if it is bad enough, can be permanent. What makes “eclipse blindness” especially dangerous is that there are no nerves in the retina of your eye and you will not feel yourself being hurt. You will only notice later when you can’t see right, but the damage to your eye will already done. So please read Exploratoriuam: How to View a Solar Eclipse Safely. Observe, but do it the right way!

Viewing the Eclipse safely in Indy & Getting Glasses/Viewers:

Visitors to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on August 21st will be provided with free, safe eclipse-viewing glasses and will gather together on museum grounds with staff scientists who will discuss the spectacle and answer questions from curious little learners and their grownups. 

NASA approved eclipses glasses/viewers are available for purchase at Butler University’s Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium for $2. Their website currently says, “Please check this website on or after the 15th (of August) for details for when we will be selling the glasses/viewers. Cash or check only, please.”

Here are some library programs that will help you have fun learning about the coming eclipse. Read the descriptions to see how you might score an eclipse viewer to help you see the eclipse safely.

The Art of the Eclipse

Art of the Eclipse Class Various Branches in August & September School-age children are invited to join Art With a Heart for a program full of art and science inspired by the stars, sun, moon and the August eclipse. Schedule

The Great American Eclipse: Standing in the Shadow of the Moon Central Library, Sunday, August 13 at 2pm
Individuals of all ages are invited to a one-hour multi-media presentation by Kurt Williams, Deputy Director of Link Observatory Space Science, who will illustrate the latest animations to describe the science of our sun, the orbital dynamics of solar eclipses, and details about the Great American Eclipse occurring on August 21. Attendees will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses while supplies last, one pair per person.

Sun and Moon Toddler Storytime Lawrence Library, Thursday, August 17 at 10:30am
Toddlers 2 and 3 years old and an adult are invited to celebrate the upcoming eclipse with a sun and moon-themed storytime. They’ll enjoy simple stories, songs, bubbles and a special craft! 

Gotta Wear Shades Eclipse Program Glendale Branch, Saturday, August 19 at 2pm
Families are invited to get ready for the solar eclipse on August 21 by discovering how to view the sun safely and making a pin hole viewer. The first 25 participants will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses (one per family). Families are asked to bring a small box for each child.

You might also like watching the Perseid Meteor Shower that occurs in 2017 from July 17th – August 24th.

Video on the Sun & Viewing Solar Eclipses Safely:


Books about Solar Eclipses:

Solar and Lunar EclipsesEclipsesLooking Up Looking Up!

Space Stories:

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