Total Solar Eclipse 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, starting at 10:15 am, we will experience a rare total solar eclipse: within the "path of totality" (passing through 14 states, from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina), the moon will completely cover the sun.

Although Fresno County is outside of this path, residents will still be able to enjoy a partial solar eclipse from their backyards, with the moon covering a substantial portion of the sun. According to NASA, everybody in North America, and regions of South America, Africa, and Europe will get to see at least a partial eclipse!

The United States last saw a total eclipse in 1979, and even partial eclipses are fairly uncommon. Get the most out of the event by following expert recommendations and taking advantage of online and community resources available to you.

USE APPROPRIATE EYE PROTECTION!

Traditional eyewear (sunglasses, eyeglasses with tinted lenses, etc.) is just not sufficient to shield your eyes during a solar eclipse.

The only safe ways to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun are through eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers manufactured to international safety standards. Learn more about safety during the eclipse here.

You've probably been hearing a lot about eclipse glasses the past couple months. Unfortunately, Fresno County Public Library is unable to offer free eclipse glasses to our customers, but they are available for purchase from many reputable vendors, including some chain retailers with local stores. You can find the American Astronomical Society's list of approved vendors here.

DON'T HAVE ECLIPSE GLASSES? MAKE YOUR OWN PINHOLE PROJECTOR!

With a cereal box, some scissors, paper, aluminum foil, tape, and a little patience, you can create a pinhole camera that allows you to view the eclipse indirectly but safely.

Pinhole projectors can be made of various materials, but the instructions for this one (from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center) are especially user-friendly.



The Exploratorium has some other suggestions!

SEE THE ECLIPSE AT YOUR LIBRARY!

We will be showing the livestream of the total solar eclipse, as recorded by NASA and The Exploratorium, in many Fresno County Public Library branches. Some locations will also be holding eclipse-related programs. Check our events calendar to find a participating branch near you! Entering "eclipse" into the calendar keyword search field will narrow the results.

If you are unable to visit a participating library branch during the eclipse, you can access the live stream of the event on the Exploratorium's website and mobile apps, or on NASA television, via NASA TV feeds, the NASA app, and social media.

HOMESCHOOLING, OR HOPING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOME "TEACHABLE MOMENTS" DURING THE ECLIPSE?

NASA has developed an online "Eclipse Kit," featuring hands-on, safe activities for learning about the sun, light, our solar system, and eclipses. These activities are suitable for children or adults.