On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada, with the Evansville area directly in its path. Discovering the Eclipse, an Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library initiative, will provide the opportunity to learn about the science of the eclipse, through programs, activities, and more leading up to April 8. Due to the influx of visitors to the area to see the Total Solar Eclipse, all EVPL locations will be CLOSED on Monday, April 8.
Thanks to the generous support of the EVPL Foundation, EVPL will be giving away eclipse glasses.
To get an EVPL library card, you must live or own property in Vanderburgh County. Visit any EVPL location with proof of current address and a valid photo identification. For teens and children under the age of 18, a parent or guardian signature is required.
Other places to get eclipse glasses:
To learn more about and celebrate the upcoming eclipse, we’re hosting a series of programs throughout February, March, and April.
There will be crafts, storytime, science activities, and more to help you learn about the sun and get ready for the eclipse. All ages are welcome to participate in the eclipse-themed storytime, crafts, and science activities. We will also provide a solar telescope for safe sun viewing and offer information on citizen science and making scientific observations on the day of the eclipse, April 8.
According to NASA, a total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People viewing the eclipse from locations where the Moon’s shadow completely covers the Sun – known as the path of totality – will experience a total solar eclipse. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the Sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.
Is it safe to look at the sun during a Total Solar Eclipse?
No. You should never look directly at the sun. There will be a short period during the eclipse where the sun will be entirely covered by the moon, but we do not recommend looking without appropriate eye protection, as the re-emergence of the sun will be from total darkness.
What equipment is appropriate for viewing the eclipse?
Safe solar viewing glasses, also known as “eclipse glasses” or a handheld solar viewer are acceptable ways to view the eclipse. Do not look directly at the sun without eye protection. The library and other community locations will have a limited supply of glasses for the public to use. Make sure to check your equipment before using it – if scratched or damaged, do not use it. Be mindful of children and always supervise their use of solar viewing devices to protect their eyes.
Another way to view the eclipse is indirectly. You can use a pinhole projector to project an image of the sun onto another surface.
Please note that even with safe solar viewing glasses, you should not view the eclipse through cameras, binoculars, or telescopes. Only if the equipment has the correct solar filters themselves can you look through them. Not doing so will cause serious eye damage.
What else should I be mindful of?
If you plan on being outside for a long period of time, don’t forget sunscreen and water.
Remember that this event will attract a large number of people to the Evansville region and that there will be closures and heavy traffic the day before and the day of the eclipse. If you are planning to utilize a public space, please check that location’s hours and postings regarding the eclipse as they may have different operating hours and protocols due to capacity and infrastructure.
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