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August 21, 2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Time Details:
Viewing will be in library entry plaza, and begins an hour prior to the library's opening.
Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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The Eclipse! A Viewing Event

Monday, August 21, 2017

Join us to celebrate the great solar eclipse of 2017!

A total solar eclipse will be passing over North America on August 21.  Join us outside the library for snacks and viewing.  We'll provide the safety glasses, while supplies last.  Feel free to bring along your homemade projector.

Viewing the Eclipse Safely
  • Do not look directly at the sun.
  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.” 
  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. 
  • Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. 
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, solar projector, or other optical device. 
  • Do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. 
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.