Their glasses are ready

Amer­i­cans prep for to­tal eclipse

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - MAR­CIA DUNN

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It will be tough eclips­ing this eclipse.

The sun, moon and Earth will line up per­fectly in the cos­mos on Aug. 21, turn­ing day into night for a few won­drous min­utes, its path cross­ing the U.S. from sea to shin­ing sea for the first time in nearly a cen­tury.

Never will a to­tal so­lar eclipse be so heav­ily viewed and stud­ied — or cel­e­brated.

“We’re go­ing to be look­ing at this event with un­prece­dented eyes,” prom­ises Alex Young, a so­lar physi­cist who’s co-or­di­nat­ing NASA’s ed­u­ca­tion and pub­lic out­reach.

And the party plan­ning is at full tilt from Ore­gon to South Carolina.

Eclipse Fests, StarFests, So­larFests, SolFests, Darken­ing of the SunFests, Moon­shad­owFests, EclipseCons, Eclipse En­coun­ters and Star Par­ties are planned along the long but nar­row path of to­tal­ity, where the moon com­pletely blots out the sun.

Vine­yards, brew­eries, museums, parks, uni­ver­si­ties, sta­di­ums — just about every­body is get­ting into the act.

The Astro­nom­i­cal League for am­a­teur as­tronomers is hol­ing up at Casper, Wyo.

Mi­nor league baseball teams will halt play for “eclipse de­lays” in Salem, Ore., and else­where.

By a cos­mic quirk of the cal­en­dar, the Lit­tle Green Men Days Fes­ti­val will be in full swing in Kelly, Ky., as will the Amer­i­can Athe­ists’ an­nual con­ven­tion in North Charleston, S.C.

And where bet­ter to fill up on eclipse T-shirts and safety glasses — and eclipse burg­ers — than the Eclipse Kitchen in Makanda, Ill.

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A 3-year-old girl tries on her free pair of eclipse glasses at Mauney Memo­rial Li­brary in Kings Moun­tain, N.C. Glasses are be­ing given away ahead of the big event on Aug. 21.

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