Library to host solar eclipse program

The Boston Public Library relies on people coming into its branches to check out books to read, so it’s important it protect its patron’s eyes.

Those interested in catching a safe view of the solar eclipse can stop by the Oak Park Public Library’s viewing party August 21.

On August 21 at 1:22 p.m., the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun casting a shadow across the USA from coast to coast.

Among the 35 Nebraska State Parks in the path of the total Solar Eclipse is Indian Cave State Park, which is south of Brownville.

The last one in the continental United States took place in 1979. To enter, visit the Herrett Center Planetarium to see “Eclipse: The Sun Revealed”. Guests will be given free, safe-viewing glasses (courtesy of the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google and the National Science Foundation) while supplies last. “We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse”.

Earlier this week, the American Astronomical Society warned that counterfeit glasses were being sold online, and urged the public to find a reputable vendor when purchasing the specs.

The American Astronomical Society has listed manufacturers of eclipse glasses on their site, which are verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 worldwide safety standard. “This means that just seeing the ISO logo or a label claiming ISO 12312-2 certification isn’t good enough”.

And who could more trustworthy than your local librarian?