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Aug 14

Everything You Need to Know About Next Monday's Solar Eclipse

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 12:43 PM by Christine Deaver

Who's excited about the total solar eclipse next Monday? We sure are! It has been almost 100 years since the last total solar eclipse crossed the US from the Pacific to Atlantic oceans and 38 years since we last saw a total solar eclipse in the US.

Our library will not be hosting a viewing event or distributing solar glasses. If you would like to attend a viewing event at a local library, a map of participating libraries can be found here. Thanks to StarNet for Libraries for being such a great resource to all public libraries during this exciting time!

Supplies for solar viewing glasses may be limited at these events, so we suggest sourcing your own from the list of reputable vendors below.

We've gathered some resources below for you so that you can be informed about what the total solar eclipse is and how you can view it safely from North Richland Hills. 

What is an Eclipse? (NASA)

The Who, What, Where, When and How of the 8/21/17 Solar Eclipse

Safety During the Solar Eclipse (NASA)

More Safety During the Eclipse [VIDEO] (American Astronomical Society)

Printable Safety Instructions (Spanish)

Reputable Sources Where You Can Purchase Solar Filters (American Astronomical Society)

Exact Times for Partial Eclipse in NRH

solar eclipse, north richland hills, texas, 2017
(Click to photo view interactive map)

Remember, because we are not in the path of totality, if you wish to view the solar eclipse, you should wear solar protection shades or use another safety method mentioned in the information above at all times. No matter what recommended technique you use, do not stare continuously at the sun. Take breaks and give your eyes a rest! Do not use sunglasses: they don’t offer your eyes sufficient protection.

Want to host a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party? Here are some ideas for you!

What to Eat:
What to Drink:

How to Decorate:

What to Do:

Whether you are hosting a huge party or just viewing the eclipse by yourself, we hope you remember the most important thing: Have fun! 


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