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discover... BOONE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY AUGUST 2017 Discover the eclipse at Boone County Public Library . . . because a total solar eclipse might be better than the seven wonders of the world. L Boone County Public Library BCP Free glasses, while supplies last View the Eclipse at the Library! It's been nearly forty years since the last total solar eclipse, and on Monday, August 21, many of us will experience the first in our lifetime! Only visible in the continental United States, it is being nicknamed the "All American Solar Eclipse" with the path of totality ranging from Oregon to South Carolina. One of the best places to view the total eclipse will be in Hopkinsville, KY. Here in Boone County, we will experience a 90% coverage of the sun beginning at 1 p.m. The eclipse will reach its maximum at 2:29 p.m. and last just minutes. A solar eclipse occurs when the paths of the sun and the moon align, and the sun is hidden behind the moon. When this happens, it is a spec- tacle not to be missed, but viewing the eclipse can be dangerous for your eyes, and regular sunglasses cannot provide adequate protection. For this event, Boone County Public Library has been given 1,000 pairs of certified viewing glasses courtesy of STARnet, an organization dedicated to provid- ing science and technology resources for libraries. These glasses will be available at all BCPL locations beginning at noon on August 21. We have four special events scheduled in the weeks leading up to the eclipse(complete details inside). • Look Up to the Stars with NASA Astronomer Kevin Manning (adults, teens, children), August 5, Main Library, 2 p.m. • Summer of the Sun with Haile Planetarium Director Crista Speights, (adults, teens, children), August 8, Walton Branch, 6:30 p.m. • Preparing for the Eclipse with Cincinnati Observatory Astronomer Dean Regas, (adults, teens, children), August 9, Chapin Memorial Library, 6 p.m. • One World One Sky with Discovery Dome Planetarium (ages 2-5), August 14, Scheben Branch, 1-3 p.m. We are excited to bring these programs to you and hope that you will come see the eclipse with us on the big day. If you miss this, you'll have to wait until 2024 for your next chance to see this phenomenon! Image credit: Univ. of Colorado by Micha Millwood, Youth Services Community Events Liaison

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