UPDATE: All TLCPL locations are currently out of the solar eclipse viewing glasses.
I’m clearly dating myself here with this blog title (let’s revisit Bonnie Tyler’s hit song from the 1980’s), but listening to the lyrics while pretending they’re sung to total solar eclipses is pretty funny.
Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit lonely and you’re never coming round…”
And accurate as well, seeing as how the last time we were able to see this much of a total solar eclipse over Toledo, Ohio would have been either May 10, 1994 (this was an annular solar eclipse, so a bit different) or on June 30, 1954 according to this cool searchable calendar.
So let’s talk about what we are going to see. In my research, I found a number of different predictions, but all seem to point to us seeing a near total solar eclipse – approximately 80%. In other words, what we can hope to see might appear to look something like this given the right weather forecast:
To help you learn how to safely view the solar eclipse, we’re partnering with The University of Toledo’s Ritter Planetarium to provide attendees with “Solar Survival Kits” which include a pair of solar eclipse glasses and a family four-pack of tickets to the planetarium.
2017 Solar Eclipse Safety Workshops:
July 19 – 2 p.m. – Lagrange Branch
July 24 – 2 p.m. – Locke Branch
July 27 – 3 p.m. – Kent Branch
July 28 – 10 a.m. – Heatherdowns Branch
July 29 – 2 p.m. – Sanger Branch
August 1 – 2 p.m. – Main, Children’s Library
August 3 – 2 p.m. – Reynolds Corners Branch
August 8 – 2 p.m. – West Toledo Branch
August 16 – 3 p.m. – Toledo Heights Branch
August 18 – 4 p.m. – Birmingham Branch
We also have a few additional fun astronomy themed programs at our new King Road Branch, to keep you in the “Great American Eclipse” spirit!
Amazing Astronomy – August 10, 2 p.m.
Astronomy 101 – August 10, 7 p.m.
Glimpse the Eclipse – August 21, Library Hours
And don’t forget to check out The University of Toledo’s public programs in August.
Eclipse 2017 Preview Show
Fridays, August 4th through the 18th at 8:30 p.m.
Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory This live and interactive program will prepare you for the All-American Eclipse on August 21st of this year. Learn what eclipses are and why they happen. You will get all the information you need to safely watch this eclipse from your own backyard. Don’t miss this rare event!
Looking to learn more about our sun, moon, and/or solar eclipses on your own time? Check out these recommended reads:
Books for Adults & Teens:
Documents the efforts of three scientists to observe the rare total solar eclipse of 1878, citing how the ambitions of James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell, and Thomas Edison helped America’s early pursuits as a scientific superpower.
Ahead of the first total eclipse of the sun in 40 years, which will take place on August 21, 2017, an astronomer describes how solar eclipses were treated and interpreted by past civilizations, philosophers and Victorian scientists.
Books for Kids:
Learn more about the “Great American Eclipse” online: