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2017-08-11 / Features

Solar eclipse events at Virginia library

VIRGINIA – “Astro Bob” King of Arrowhead Astronomical Society and Duluth News Tribune fame, will present a program on the eclipse at the Virginia Public Library on Thursday, Aug. 17. Topics covered include the whys and hows of solar eclipses, the infrequency of total solar eclipses relative to place, the importance of safe viewing practices, and more.

Also, a Solar Eclipse Party will be held on Monday, Aug. 21, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., which is the optimal time to view the solar eclipse in this area. Dale Kentoph of the Range Astronomy Club will be on-hand to speak and to share his telescope. This program is appropriate for children and families; eclipse-themed snacks will be available.

Those who attend either of these programs will receive free eclipse viewing glasses provided by STAR_ Net, a production of the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. Major funding for STAR_ Net programs is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA and the National Institutes of Health.

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