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Solar Eclipse Viewing at Sylmar Library

Posted on 08/10/17

Sylmar Neighborhood Council

This historic event will be happening soon and will have even those who aren’t keen on scienc-y things staring up at the sky. The last time a total eclipse was witnessed in the United States was 38 years ago.  At that time, the eclipse was only visible in Northwestern states, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. But during the Great American Eclipse, everyone in the continental United States will be able to see at least a partial eclipse. But there are 12 states where people can view the eclipse in its totality: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. 

The Sylmar Library is happy to be able to bring the telescope viewing to the community. The telescopes will remain outside of the library for viewing until around noon although the best part of the eclipse (maximum) will occur around 10:20 am. The library also has a limited supply of free solar-viewing glasses that the astronomer will be handing out so please arrive as early as possible to have a chance to receive eclipse glasses.
Teachers are encouraged to bring students on a field trip to view the eclipse through the telescopes!

Please be advised that several newspaper and TV reporters have contacted the library interested in covering the event, so there is a chance you will be
photographed! 

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