Where to wit­ness the Great Amer­i­can Eclipse

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

Those star gaz­ers with their heads in the clouds will be treated to a rare op­por­tu­nity on Mon­day, Au­gust 21, as they get the chance to wit­ness a to­tal so­lar eclipse in their own back­yards.

For the first time in 99 years, the moon’s shadow will to­tally block out the sun, dark­en­ing most of the coun­try for a few mo­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to NASA, (who knows their stuff!)

Mary­land will get to see only a par­tial eclipse, with roughly 80% of the sun be­ing cov­ered, but this once-in-a-life­time phe­nom­e­non pro­vides plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to study and learn all about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the moon and the sun.

For ex­am­ple, the White Marsh branch li­brary will be host­ing a hands-on “What is an eclipse?” lec­ture on Satur­day, Au­gust 19. Par­tic­i­pants will be able to ex­plore the vast dis­tance be­tween the Earth and Moon and model how so­lar and lu­nar eclipses hap­pen by us­ing the sim­ple house­hold ma­te­ri­als.

For us on the East Coast, the eclipse is ex­pected to start at 1 p.m., reach­ing to­tal­ity around 3:30. Ex­pe­ri­ence the event as it hap­pens live with other space ex­plor­ers at a view­ing party at the Parkville branch li­brary, start­ing at 2 p.m. View­ers will be given spe­cial view­ing glasses, since look­ing di­rectly at the sun can still dam­age your eyes, to watch the eclipse as they are en­cour­aged to ex­plore the cos­mos us­ing li­brary re­sources like Ce­les­tia while en­joy­ing astronomy-in­spired sto­ries and crafts.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter for these events, vis­itwww.bcpl.info.

If you can’t make it out to one of these lo­ca­tions, NASA will be live-stream­ing the eclipse at www.eclipse2017.nasa.gov/ eclipse-live-stream.

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