Library hosts eclipse-themed events with free eclipse glasses

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There's a total solar eclipse happening on August 21, 2017, and for the first time in almost a hundred years, the Moon's unabashed Sun-blocking power will be visible from much of the continental U.S.

Solar eclipses occur when our moon gets between the sun and our planet, obscuring the sun temporarily. Unsurprisingly, a large number of science teachers are also getting ready to turn this into a teachable moment, but to do so, they do need to be able to give their students eclipse glasses - because the last thing you'd want is a bunch of kids staring right into the sun without protection.

Cantore and Abrams will anchor live coverage of the eclipse as it crosses the country over the course of the day.

There's nothing wrong with that for the locals, but if you're traveling to see the eclipse, you owe it to yourself to be in a place with 100 percent total eclipse viewing.

You can join the party on August 21 from 1 to 3 the Palmyra Cove Nature Park Environmental Discovery Center, Route 73, for the opportunity to view one of nature's most stunning displays.

Got it? Good. Now go enjoy the eclipse you insane kids. Craters of the Moon national monument in Arco, Idaho will have a three-day festival with no limit on attendees, public parking and free solar glasses. They also are not visible during every total eclipse.

Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun.

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There are four main types of solar eclipse: partial, annular, total and hybrid. There is a 70-mile wide "totality zone" stretching from the northwest to the east coast in which people will experience a total eclipse.

NASA lunar scientist Richard Vondrak has a poetic take on the solar eclipse.

"Just because there's an eclipse doesn't mean the sun lessens in power".

In Nashville, Tennessee, the eclipse starts at 11:58 a.m. CDT and totality begins at 1:27 p.m. CDT, lasting for a little under 2 minutes.

Make sure the glasses carry this rating: ISO 12312-2. To be on the safe side, the American Astronomical Society suggests choosing equipment from this list of reputable manufacturers.

For eclipse chaser Espenak, who has witnessed 27 total solar eclipses thus far, the experience never gets old and each one is special in its own way.

Whether you're handy or not, don't even think about watching the eclipse through conventional sunglasses (even ones with very dark lenses).