Where to witness the Great American Eclipse
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.