Corona, CA, Library Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. In celebration of the total solar eclipse viewable from the United States, the Corona Public Libray will be hosting a viewing party on Monday, August 21, from 10 am to 11 am with eclipse activities and free solar viewing glasses.
Though Corona is not on the path of totality, the area that will see a full eclipse of the sun, we can still celebrate! Children, ages 4-12. with their families can enjoy educational activities and watch NASA's Livestream of the eclipse at 10:39 am
Those in attendance will have the opportunity to try out their free solar viewing glasses, made possible by the Library's NASA LIFTS partnership and the NASA Museum Alliance--The ONLY safe way to look at the sun of a partially eclipsed sun is through special -purpose solar filters like the glasses the library will provide you.
If you are not able to make the event and would like tips for viewing a solar eclipse, check out NASA's Total Solar Eclipse webpage.
What? This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in February 1979 and won't have another until April 2024.
How Can We See It? You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality. That could severely hurt your eyes. However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing - which requires some type of filtering device and indirect viewing where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse. Click here for eclipse viewing techniques and safety.
If you have any questions about this event/program at the Corona Library please contact Dani Perez-Granado-Cox at 951-279-3721 or email DanielleP@CoronaCA.gov
Information for this article was gathered from Corona Inner Circle News and NASA.gov Website. Illustrations from NASA.gov Website.