"Several times a day for a few days this week the Earth completely blocked the Sun for about an hour due to SDO's orbital path (Aug. 25, 2016). The edge of the Earth is not crisp, but rather kind of fuzzy due to Earth's atmosphere. The entire video clip here shows the beginning of one such eclipse, covering just seven minutes. These occur about every six months. The Moon blocks SDO's view of the Sun on occasion as well."

Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, 1902-1971, page 141
Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, 1902-1971, page 141

The Silver City Public Library will host a solar eclipse viewing event on Monday, August 21, 10:00am-12:00pm. The library will give away free solar eclipse glasses and streaming video of the full eclipse will be shown in the library meeting room. The event will start off with a recitation of space poetry and readings by science fiction writers John Maberry and E J Randolph. Then, John Maberry will discuss the current eclipse, and E J Randolph will lead a discussion of historic reactions to eclipses. The eclipse will become more dramatic by 11:00 am, and the peak of the eclipse will be about 11:45. Come and join us for this memorable day!

More than two million pairs of eclipse glasses are being distributed free through about 4,800 organizations, including public library branches, bookmobiles, tribal libraries, library consortia, and state libraries. The project is supported, in part, by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, with additional help from Google, National Science Foundation (NSF), and NASA. The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) manages the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) (supported by NASA, NSF, and other organizations) to help libraries with STEM programming. NCIL is also leading the library eclipse program. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for libraries and their
communities to work together to participate in a celestial event of this scope,” says Project Director Paul Dusenbery. “Many organizations like NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the American Astronomical Society, are working together to help people understand and view the eclipse safely, and we are delighted to be part of this important educational effort.”

Eclipse program sponsors: STAR_net science-technology activites and resources for libraries, NASA at My Library, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Google

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