Posted on July 18, 2017 at 5:00 am
On Monday, August 21, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in parts of the continental United States for the first time in almost 40 years. Here in Spokane, we’ll see a partial eclipse, in which the moon covers a portion of the sun.
Experience this astronomical phenomenon at the library. As part of this stellar event, you can protect your retinas by making a pinhole projector to safely view the sun during the eclipse, learn about stargazing, explore the universe with the help of Mobius Science Center, and check out the eclipse at seven of our libraries.
UPDATE on 8/16: Our libraries have run out of solar eclipse glasses. Consider stopping by our libraries to make a pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse before Solar Eclipse Day! If you are considering purchasing eclipse glasses, you’ll want to make sure they are ISO certified. You can look at who made the glasses. Check out this list of reputable vendors from the American Astronomical Society. On the glasses themselves, look for the ISO icon and the ISO reference number 12312-2.
Solar Eclipse Activities
We have hands-on, solar eclipse activities for all ages to help learn about the sun, what causes a solar eclipse, and how to safely view the eclipse.
August 1–21, open hours
Solar Eclipse Day
This is the big day! Weather permitting, we will safely view the partial eclipse. Stop by the library to make a pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse. All ages
ARGONNE, CHENEY, DEER PARK, MEDICAL LAKE, MORAN PRAIRIE, NORTH SPOKANE, SPOKANE VALLEY
Monday, Aug 21, 10am–12pm
A how-to session with Spokane Astronomical Society.
Thursday, Aug 3, 7–8pm
Thursday, Aug 10, 6:30–7:30pm
Sun & Moon Storytimes
ALL LOCATIONS (EXCEPT THE BOOKEND)
All Storytimes during the week of August 7–11
See a list of Storytimes in our event calendar for ages, days, & times.
Meet Our Planetary Neighbors
Check out the 360° virtual tour of our Solar System with Mobius Science Planetarium. Ages 6+
Space is limited. Tickets available 30 minutes prior to each show time.
Wednesday, Aug 16, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm, and 6:30pm
Thursday, Aug 17, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 5pm, 6:15pm, and 7:30pm
You can also see all Out of This World events on our online event calendar.
The opportunity to see an eclipse from our part of the world is a rare phenomenon that you won’t want to miss and requires that you carefully follow safety procedures in order to not harm your vision.
Experience the eclipse safely by protecting your eyes at all times with the proper solar filters. No matter what recommended technique you use, be sure to take breaks—look away from the sun regularly—and give your eyes a rest! Definitely don’t stare continuously at the sun! Also, do not use sunglasses: they don’t offer your eyes sufficient protection.
Some options for solar-eclipse viewing include solar viewers, pinhole viewers, and binoculars, telescopes, cameras, or finder scopes with a solar filter.
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