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Posted on: August 10, 2017

Your Complete Solar Eclipse Guide from Chester County Libraries!

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For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire nation on Monday, August 21, 2017. Over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states across the United States will experience over two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. Additionally, a partial eclipse will be viewable across the continent. The peak local viewing time in Chester County for the eclipse will be at 2:44 p.m. Chester County Libraries are here to help you prepare for your viewing experience:

  • Atglen Public Library is giving away 50 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last). Join the viewing party at Atglen Community Park at 1:00 p.m. with a short lesson and safe viewing instruction, then viewing from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Avon Grove Library is giving away 50 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses, along with flyers about the eclipse and safe viewing (while supplies last).
  • Chester County Library will host an eclipse viewing party on August 21 at the Exton Park Site, 132 Church Farm Lane, Exton, PA from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses will be distributed to the first 100 participants. Register here for the viewing party. Meet Mather Planetarium Director, Dr. Karen Schwarz on August 17th.
  • Downingtown Library will host two “celestial programs” on Sunday, Aug. 20th, at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Parents and children ages 6 and older are invited for an afternoon of learning! Discover why solar eclipses occur, what to expect on August 21st, and how to safely view the celestial event. Registered participants will receive a free pair of American Astronomical Society safety-approved Eclipse Viewing Glasses! Registration is required.
  • 8/20    2:30 p.m. program – Register online here - http://bit.ly/2hGLRtH
  • 8/20    3:30 p.m. program – Register online here - http://bit.ly/2vjfHYv
  • Honey Brook Community Library is giving away 100 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last).
  • Kennett Library is hosting an eclipse party on August 21 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Anson B. Nixon Park. Viewing glasses will be provided (while supplies last) along with books and other fun activities.
  • Spring City Public Library is hosting a solar eclipse viewing party on Monday, August 21, between 1:40 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Safe viewing glasses will be provided to preregistered patrons and SUN TEA and MOON PIES will be served! The event will be live-streamed inside the library so you can come inside for a break and not miss a thing. Bring a towel or lawn chair. Preregistration required by calling (610) 948-4130.

If it’s a cloudy day:

NASA TV as well as many other local and national TV stations will be live streaming the experience, so even if it is cloudy in our area you don’t have to miss out on the event happening across the country: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream.


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