Solar Eclipse Event: August 21st, 2017


Mary S. Biesecker Public Library has joined more than 1,000 libraries across the country to participate in the celestial event of the century, the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse.

During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn’t occurred in decades. In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago. The rest of the U.S. and North America (our area of Somerset, PA included) will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering up only part of the Sun. It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse.

Mary S. Biesecker Public Library will offer a preschool Eclipse Storytime at 10am on August 21st. At 11 am we will begin NASA’s multi-hour live coverage of the eclipse, as it crosses the United States, featuring scientists, live video, and images captured by spacecraft, NASA aircraft, and high altitude balloons. The library has received a NASA @ My Library 2017 Solar Eclipse Kit grant and will distribute safe solar viewing glasses to anyone who wants to safely view the eclipse outside the library while supplies last. Mary S. Biesecker Public Library is located at 230 S. Rosina Ave. Our eclipse programs are free and open to the public.


Specific Eclipse Details for Somerset, PA, elevation 2190 ft above sea level
(calculated from: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/Eclipse2017.php#forma)

Starts: 13:12:44.5 EST
Maximum Eclipse: 14:37:37.3 EST
Eclipse Ends: 15:57:07.9 EST

Duration 2h 44m 23.4s
Magnitude 0.842
Obscuration 80.7%


Learn More:
https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/eclipse/?utm_term=.8e3c076eab0c