The Sidney Public Library will be hosting a Great American Eclipse event on Monday, August 21. Starting at 11:00am, we will have our community room available for anyone who wants to watch the eclipse streamed live on NASA's website. Here is what you can expect:
"On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event." (From the NASA website.)
While we hope the clouds are very few and extremely far between on 8/21, the streaming will occur regardless of the weather - high altitude balloons, planes and spacecraft can get around clouds. So if you are not planning on travelling to the path of totality, the Library offers you a cool place to hang out and experience this really fantastic event. All ages are welcome. Food and drinks will be allowed in the community room.
Watching NASA stream images is one way to experience the eclipse that day. But also, plan to step outside the library to view the eclipse as it intensifies. Be sure to bring your eclipse glasses, pinhole viewers or whatever safe viewing equipment you prefer. For other very important safety information, NASA has a checklist at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
For questions about this Eclipse event, please call the library at 712-374-6203.