Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse TODAY!

On Monday, August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will march across the entire United States. The total solar eclipse will occur today, between 9 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. with the peak of totality at 10:27 a.m. 

Friends of Whitman County Library are celebrating by hosting a special eclipse book sale extravaganza all day! $3/ bag of books, DVDs, & more!

Besides the sale, Whitman County Library distributed 700 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses while LaCrosse Library, St. John Library, and Tekoa Library are holding Eclipse parties today! Check our Events Calendar at or call 509-397-4366 for more information!

What Is an Eclipse?

An eclipse (ee-CLIPS) takes place when a planet or moon passes between another planet, moon or the sun. There are two kinds of eclipses. One is an eclipse of the moon, or a lunar eclipse. The other is an eclipse of the sun, or a solar eclipse.
solar-eclipse-diagram.jpgWhat Is a Solar Eclipse?
Sometimes when the moon orbits Earth, it lines up directly between the sun and Earth. When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun. This causes an eclipse of the sun, or a solar eclipse. During a solar eclipse, the moon casts shadows onto Earth.
A solar eclipse happens during the daytime. The daylight grows dim. Sometimes the moon blocks almost all of the sunlight. Then the daytime can look as dark as night during a solar eclipse!
Solar eclipses happen once every 18 months. Solar eclipses only last for a few minutes.
Did You Know? You should NEVER look directly at the sun --not even during an eclipse when the moon blocks the sunlight! A solar eclipse is exciting. But looking at the sun is dangerous. It can damage your eyes.

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