The library has 500 eclipse glasses to give out at its solar eclipse viewing party on August 21.
The path of totality of the Great American Eclipse is through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and SC.
With all the excitement about the Great American total solar eclipse expected to happen in just a few short weeks, it is important to remember that even our pets are going to experience the rare celestial event as well.
The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable eclipse glasses and hand-held viewers on its website - stamped with this approval code - 12312-2. Tell us your best viewing spots in the comments. Again, this is for those in the total eclipse area and will not be visible from Louisville.
At the event, as they have been doing for weeks, the Library will also be distributing free solar eclipse glasses.
Podoll said the most impressive feature during a total solar eclipse is the solar corona, which is the outer atmosphere of the sun. The focused sunlight can melt the filter and damage the eyes. "Normally if you look directly at the sun, the natural response is to squint, shield your eyes, blink or turn away". It will be at the midpoint, or maximum eclipse, at 2:22pm. However, with the eclipse coming up, eclipse glasses are becoming harder and harder to find.
There are alternative methods to indirectly view the partially eclipsed sun.
The eclipse will start at around 1:25 p.m. and last until around 3:55. As the total eclipse approaches, if you are up a little in elevation or can see a bit of a distance to the horizon, you will see the total eclipse shadow fast approaching from the northwest. According to Nasa's solar scientist Mitzi Adams, plants will be affected by the eclipse.
Here in the Adirondacks, the eclipse will be around 62 percent, creating a crescent sun. "We call it solar retinopathy and it's really very close to burning a hole in the retina".
He says this time around, he'll watch the eclipse on TV. The safe ones to use cost just a few dollars and can be found by the hundreds in boxes at the observatory during its regular hours, the Wild Center museum in Tupper Lake and at the observatory's viewing party.