Grand Rapids Public Library handing out solar eclipse glasses

Lester Mason
August 21, 2017

Lamesa High School science and astronomy teacher Randall Presley is excited about what many are calling the Great American Eclipse this coming Monday.

The upcoming total solar eclipse is expected Monday, August 21, from approximately 10-11 a.m., when all of North America should be able to see this unique eclipse of the sun, occurring for the first time in nearly 40 years.

It is extremely unsafe to look directly at the sun with no eye protection so viewers are warned to find protective ways to view the solar eclipse.

A solar eclipse is an event where the moon passes between the sun and the earth, casting a shadow, which moves across the surface of the earth.

Solar eclipse pre-party to benefit Glacier Children's Museum startup, 11 a.m. -4 p.m., The Coop, Columbia Falls.

To give people an opportunity to view the eclipse safely, the Dawson County Public Library will be offering a "Share A Pair" eclipse viewing event on Monday in the parking lot along the south side of the library.

NASA refers to the eclipse as a "total solar eclipse" because the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere will be in view.

Watch the solar eclipse and get safe glasses, 10:14 a.m. -12:52 the Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton.

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