On Monday, August 21, 2017, stargazers across the U. S. will have the rare opportunity to view a total solar eclipse from a 70-mile wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. It has been over 100 years since there has been a total solar eclipse viewable across the continental United States. A total solar eclipse occurs about every 18 months, when the moon completely covers the sun, causing the temperature to drop, the sky to darken, the stars to come out, and the outer atmosphere of the sun, the corona, to be visible for a few minutes.
This summer the Orem Public Library received exciting news—out of 513 applicants across the country, we were selected as one of 75 libraries to participate in NASA@ My Library, an education initiative that increases and enhances science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation. The library has received two NASA STEM Facilitation Kits designed for use in STEM programming with hands-on activities and tools, including binoculars, eclipse viewing glasses, ultra-violet light detectors, a green screen backdrop, and a tablet computer pre-loaded with apps, educational games and visualizations. As a part of our partnership with NASA, the Library will be holding several special programs aimed at a variety of age groups that use the NASA kits.First up is our Eclipse Preparation Summer Reading program on Tuesday, July 11, at 2:00 pm, where children and their parents are invited to learn more about the science and stages of an eclipse from Solar System Ambassador Amy Oliver and then turn a shoebox into an eclipse viewing box. Remember to bring a shoebox from home.
On August 21, 2017, stargazers across the United States will have the rare opportunity to view a total solar eclipse from a 70-mile wide path that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. On Monday, August 21, at 10:00 am, we will have a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party for all ages and a variety of science and space-themed activities to encourage exploring and understanding what happens in the sky. While Utah is not in the path of the total eclipse (you’ll have to drive to Wyoming or Idaho), we should be able to see a partial eclipse, depending on the weather. We’ll be planning some field trips and stargazing activities for teens and other exciting NASA-related programs through October 2018, so keep an eye on our website and our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds and we’ll keep you posted.