Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

UCLA scientists invite public to free eclipse-watching event

UCLA scientists invite public to free eclipse-watching event

On Thursday of this week (Aug. 17), the Gaines County Library will be hosting a pre-eclipse public program, where they will " excitement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to children, teens and adults locally, according to a press release issued by library officials.

If you plan on watching this year's Solar Eclipse, but have yet to purchase your certified safety glasses, you might want to rush to the store.

Although Connecticut is not in the direct path to see the full eclipse, Weston will see approximately 70% coverage as the moon passes the sun.

Billed as possibly being the "most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history", Gaines County residents will be hosting both a pre-eclipse program and a safe viewing opportunity for the August 21 event. The maximum eclipse will occur at 10:25 a.m. and cover 96.6 percent of the sun.

On Monday, Aug. 21, rain or shine, the library will live stream NASA's eclipse coverage in the Community Room from 1 to 3 p.m. and provide "celestial treats".

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On the day of the eclipse, viewing attendees will gather at 11:30 a.m. The first 40 students will get free eclipse glasses. Just walk up the hill to the observatory.

If you stare at the sun without protection, you may exprience damage to your retina (the tissue at the back of your eye), which can result in permanent or temporary vision loss.

Organizers warn the public not to look directly at the sun "except if there is an appropriate filter between the sun and the eyes".

Sunglasses won't help to protect your eyes from directly staring at the sun.

All you need are a few pieces or thicker paper, some aluminum foil and a pin or a paperclip to poke a small hole.

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