In cooperation with the Harrison County Public Library astronomer Mark Steven Williams of StarGeezer Astronomy will host a series of Total Solar Eclipse Preview programs in Harrison County August 9 - August 15.

In addition to viewing the Sun through telescopes with safe solar filters and demonstrations of a “pinhole camera”, guests will learn the local circumstances of the eclipse, the history, science and folklore of eclipses, why there aren’t eclipses each month, how to safely view both partial and total solar eclipses, get the most out of the viewing experience and participate in the Eclipse Mega Movie Project.

Indoor presentations will also feature astronomy and science quizzes where correct answers will win astronomy related prizes, "What's Up" upcoming celestial events and the latest science and astronomy news.

The HCPL/StarGeezer Astronomy Total Solar Eclipse Preview events will be held Wednesday, August, 9 at 6:30 pm at Palmyra United Methodist Church; Saturday, August 12, 11 am at the HCPL Elizabeth branch library; Monday, August 14, 6:30 pm at the Corydon Presbyterian Church and Tuesday, August 15, 9:00 am at the Lanesville Elementary school gym.

Williams commented, “We hope to share a bit of the history and mythology of solar eclipses, how a solar eclipse verified Einstein’s relativity and prepare our guests for the splendor of this extraordinary event.”

These family friendly programs are free and the public is invited. A limited supply of free solar viewers and Sky Maps for August will be available on a first come first served basis. Please register for your chosen event so adequate supplies will be available here: http://www.hcpl.lib.in.us/childcalendar.htm

Total solar eclipes are rare.  It hasn’t happened in the U.S. in 38 years. An ethereal darkness will reign across North America on Monday, August 21st. However, there’s no cause for concern. It won’t be the apocalypse but rather a total solar eclipse.

For the first time since August, 1869 our Moon will cast its shadow over Kentucky where observers within a 70 mile-wide path from Paducah to Franklin will witness one of nature’s rarest spectacles, a total solar eclipse. Southern Indiana including Harrison, Crawford and Floyd counties and the Louisville area will witness a 96 % partial eclipse.

According to retired NASA astrophysicist “Mr. Eclipse”, Fred Espenak, “to find an eclipse covering a comparable amount of real estate in the U.S., one must go back nearly a century to 1918. This rarity underscores the significance of the 2017 eclipse, which offers millions of Americans the opportunity to witness totality within 1500 miles or less from home.”

For more information call the HCPL main branch at 812-738-4110 or visit: http://www.hcpl.lib.in.us/

For astronomy or eclipse information visit http://www.StarGeezerAstronomy.com,  the StarGeezer Astronomy Facebook page or email geezer@stargeezerastronomy.com

Warning: never look at the Sun without proper solar filters. Severe eye damage will result with a short glimpse.

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