As if you haven’t heard, on Aug. 21, there will be a total solar eclipse. What’s a total solar eclipse? For just a few minutes, the moon will pass between Earth and the sun, completely blocking the sun’s light — bringing temporary darkness to the day. (Depending on where you live, the coverage will vary.) In any case, it’s not to be missed, given it’s such a rare occurrence. It’s the first time since 1918 that a total solar eclipse will cross the entire continental U.S.
Before you look up, you need to protect your eyes and wear special solar eclipse glasses. (A regular pair of sunglasses won’t cut it. And never ever look directly at the sun without proper protection.) You need ones that are NASA-approved and ISO-certified.
Thanks to grants, more than 2 million FREE eclipse glasses have been distributed to 7,000-plus libraries across the U.S. — public, state, and tribal libraries, as well as book mobiles. Here is a map of libraries giving away complimentary “sun glasses” — click here. There is a huge demand for glasses, so call ahead to confirm participation and availability.