Get Ready for the Eclipse

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross the U.S., visible (weather permitting) from Texas to Maine. From Colorado, a partial eclipse will be visible, giving the sun a crescent shape. There are several types of lunar and solar eclipses, depending on how the Moon aligns with the Earth and Sun, and the distance between the Moon and Earth. With a total eclipse, the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely (or in Colorado, partially) blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will briefly darken as if it were dawn or dusk and crescent shaped shadows are typically visible on the ground. It is critical to wear eclipse glasses (different than sunglasses) when viewing the eclipse.

All library locations are out of glasses. If it's any consolation, we have plenty of copies of Stephenie Meyer's novel from the Twilight Saga, Eclipse.

Safe Ways To View the Eclipse

You might know it's important to protect your eyes while watching the eclipse, but did you know it's important to protect your skin too? During an eclipse, the sun becomes brighter than usual, so remember to wear sunscreen or other sun protection like long sleeves, pants and hats.

NASA has many resources on how you can view the eclipse safely, opens a new window, whether you have a pair of eclipse glasses or not.

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