Kingston library hosts viewing party with NASA twist

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 22, 2017

New Jersey will experience a partial eclipse, where approximately 70-to-80 percent of the sun will be covered.

Beginning at 8 a.m. people starting watching NASA coverage of the solar eclipse at the Petersburg Public Library. "This is definitely something for my bucket list".

From the Rio Grande Valley, the moon will block about half the sun with maximum eclipse occurring at 1:13 p.m.

Some of those who didn't have eclipse glasses or pinhole projectors crowded around the sidewalks to gaze at the shape of the sun projected through tree branches overhead, creating hundreds of tiny crescents on the pavement.

The eclipse is expected to start in the early afternoon, and will likely reach its zenith sometime around 2:45 p.m. "We're pretty lucky to have the telescope and the glasses". To safely view the sun, a pair of specialized eclipse glasses are needed.

"They were sharing and so they gave us a pair", Parsons said with a smile as she looked over at her granddaughter staring into the sun.

Inside the library, they met a mother with a group of young children who happened to have an extra pair.

Those who were unable to receive glasses would probably have felt much better if they had listened to Kelsey. Though many came from far away to see the eclipse, what set Shafer apart from the crowd was his lack of solar glasses.

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If the enthusiasm in 2024 is anything like it was for Monday's eclipse, you might want to order your viewing glasses now.

"People have been really great about sharing", Rigney said. "We're also going to have crafts outside for the kids, doing things like making moon sand for the little ones, drawing the eclipse, doing some science demonstrations, specifically covering why the moon, which is so much smaller than the sun, is able to cover that up", says Snyder.

"I wanted to make sure that she didn't miss it", said her great-grandmother, Mary Parsons.

"They were insane. There were lines outside the front every single day we came", Cheryl said. "I'm glad I did because there was a shortage in glasses and not all the libraries got them".

"I applied with the Space Science Institute and I was approved", she said.

The internet stream is working well most of the time. Locations in Tennessee and southern Kentucky were the closest to northeast OH to offer a glimpse of a total solar eclipse.

"We didn't know what to expect and with all the media attention with the eclipse nationwide, we had so many people that we were not expecting to come to the library", she said".

Follow NASA's guidelines for safe viewing of the eclipse.

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