Lawrence makes plans for eclipse viewing

Pauline Gross
August 19, 2017

The observatory will open to the public from 1:30-3:30 p.m. with at least three telescopes equipped with solar filters, along with eclipse glasses and pinhole projectors.

Each branch will have limited quantities of the glasses available starting Saturday.

The library will also host an eclipse viewing party on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. and protective glasses will be provided. "We recommend that you do not use this product to view the sun or the eclipse'".

"Other than patrons who have attended our pre-eclipse programs, glasses will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis", he said. The next comparable eclipse will happen in 2045, according to STAR_NET. The event will also feature a photo booth, music, crafts and educational activities for children.

This eclipse is generating a lot of interest in Marshall, and the Library Director thinks she knows why. Welding goggles may be used, but only if they are rated 14 or above.

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Distribution of the eclipse glasses was ended immediately upon notification of the recall by Amazon, officials said, which sourced the glasses from vendors that failed to provide documentation to verify their products were compliant with safety standards.

“It is not safe to look at the sun at any point in Montana during the eclipse without proper eye protection, ” Mullison said. The eclipse will be live streamed inside the library.

The first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States since 1969 and the first to cross the country coast to coast in 99 years is a cause to celebrate.

Other participating libraries in New Mexico include Bloomfield Public Library; Columbus Village Library: Farmington Public Library, Mother Whiteside Memorial Library, Grants; Rio Abajo Community Library; Rio Rancho Public Library; Silver City Public Library and Socorro Public Library.

Where will you be on Monday afternoon during the biggest astronomical event of the century?

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