The first complete solar eclipse to be visible by most of North America in nearly a century is occuring on Aug. 21, and the Pflugerville Public Library is holding events in celebration of the unique phenomenon.
A solar eclipse takes place when the Earth, moon and sun are in alignment, with the moon blocking the view of the sun. Because this eclipse is only visible in the United States, it has been nicknamed the “All American Eclipse.”
The last time a solar eclipse was only visible in the United States was in 1918. The next opportunity to view a total solar eclipse visible in the United States will not be until April 8, 2024.
Although we will only be able to see part of the solar eclipse here in central Texas, it can still be dangerous to look at with bare eyes. NASA scientists caution that when viewing a partial eclipse as we will have here, eye protection must be worn at all times.
The library was selected to receive eclipse viewing glasses by StarNet, part of the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning. The glasses have been provided courtesy of the Space Science Institute, thanks to the generosity and support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, NASA and Research Corporation. The glasses will allow people to view the eclipse safely and will be given away at our eclipse-related programs.
The library is celebrating the eclipse by hosting two events.
In “Reach for the Stars,” a traveling planetarium show presented by Pat McCord will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 11. Visitors to the planetarium will be able to see a show featuring a sample of partial and total eclipses, the relationship between the Earth, moon and sun, and a quick tour of the planets.
The planetarium is 13.5 feet tall and 21 feet wide and can…