Blog > Eclipse Ready: Get Your Free Glasses Now

Posted April 1, 2024

Attention all stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts! We’re excited to announce that the library will be offering free eclipse glasses at all service desks from April 1st to April 8th. Whether you’re a seasoned skywatcher or just curious about celestial events, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on our planet. During this event, the sun appears either partially or completely covered.

Here are a few fascinating facts to pique your interest:

  1. Rare Occurrence: Solar eclipses are relatively rare events. While partial eclipses happen more frequently, a total solar eclipse, where the sun is completely obscured by the moon,  occurs only once every 18 months year somewhere on Earth.
  2. Path of Totality: The path of totality refers to the narrow strip of land where the total eclipse is visible. Those within this path experience the surreal moment when day turns into night as the moon completely blocks out the sun’s light. For others outside the path, a partial eclipse is still possible.
  3. Safety First: It’s crucial to view a solar eclipse safely to protect your eyes from potential damage. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient for this purpose. That’s why we’re offering free eclipse glasses to ensure that everyone can enjoy this celestial event without risking their eyesight. So mark your calendars and swing by your nearest service desk to pick up your free eclipse glasses