Free solar eclipse viewing glasses available at Penn Dixie

James Marshall
August 12, 2017

Tom Stahl, a science teacher at Northside High School, is traveling to SC to get the best possible view of the coming solar eclipse.

The August 21 Solar Eclipse should be an wonderful experience for all who see it. This is where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

The next total solar eclipse that will be visible from the continental United States will be in 2024. The partial eclipse starts around 11:41 a.m.

If we get a new moon every month, why don't we have a solar eclipse every month? Those events inspired him to pursue a career in astronomy, and today, at 65 years old, he's known as "Mr. Eclipse" for his contributions to the field.

Millions of Americans are getting ready to view the next eclipse on August 21, but Dr. Russell Van Gelder from the University of Washington School of Medicine warns blindness is a risk if you don't have proper eye protection. "For 20 years it's been one of my bucket list items; if something doesn't work, I have seven more years to the next one, right?"

If you want a more expensive option, try number 14 welder's glass goggles.

So what do you need to safely photograph the Aug 21 eclipse? "Now we're hearing that Atchison, all those places, are so busy, they may not make it to those places". The Babylonians and Assyrians knew this as early as 200 or 300 B.C. And so we've they've been able to tell us that eclipses were coming for that long. I'll be talking more about it and my physics students will be doing calculations related to the eclipse and things we can figure out from it.

Eclipse viewing glasses also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on the library plaza, the news release said.

The 80 year old made his own viewer instead of using solar glasses.

My reason for traveling to see the total eclipse may be different from yours. But back then the population in the path of totality was sparse.

The first total solar eclipse in almost a century is 10 days away and while it will be visible in Rhode Island, some locals are hitting the road to get an even better look at the rare celestial event. Having seen 33 total eclipses in my life, I implore anyone who can to take advantage of this experience.

Free solar eclipse viewing glasses available at Penn Dixie
Free solar eclipse viewing glasses available at Penn Dixie

Watson Davis, an editor for the nonprofit communications initiative Science Service, radioed down a description of the airship's view after some transmission interference.

Monday, Aug. 21 - Eclipse stations and activities will be set up throughout the entire day at all three branches.

You can find special solar eclipse glasses at Walmart, 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Lowes, ToysRUs, Home Depot or Amazon. Pizza also will be available for purchase.

"There are risks of viewing the eclipse without any protection", warned Podoll.

Visitors can pick up a limited number of the free glasses at Penn Dixie during normal business hours. Because the eclipse will only be partial, it's essential that anyone wishing to view it obtain the correct protective eyeware.

Depending on where you live, though, even under an overcast sky, you may still notice it getting darker as the eclipse approaches its peak for your location. The southern half of Wyandotte County Lake at 91st and Leavenworth Road is not in the totality area, while the northern half is, according to the map.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library branches have programs planned on August 21, with other eclipse educational programs scheduled during the week before it, according to the library calendar, and for more information, visit Also, during the eclipse any normal shadow will reflect the activity of the eclipse.

"The eclipse turns off the ionosphere's source of high-energy radiation", said Bob Marshall, a space scientist at University of Colorado Boulder in the US.

Law enforcement officials are discouraging residents from driving and stopping on the side of a highway to view the eclipse.

Anyone will do anything nowadays to make a buck - including selling counterfeit eclipse glasses that could harm your eyes.

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