Lines outside the Darien Library as solar eclipse event approaches

Wednesday, 23 Aug, 2017

The Chesterfield Township Library's eclipse viewing party at Brandenburg Park on Jefferson Avenue included activities that taught attendees about eclipses, and 1,000 pairs of NASA-approved eclipse viewing glasses were handed out. Police were present to provide security. Taylor said he hopes the event opened up the possibility for more happenings at the library.

Everyone in North America was able to see at least a partial solar eclipse (assuming inclement weather didn't block the view). He urged her to bring him after attending an earlier library event with his grandmother, she said.

The eclipse started at 1:15 p.m. and by 2:38, the sun's light was dim and the temperature cooled. As an added bonus, library staff decided the first 200 people to show up would get free viewing glasses.

But for those who missed the eclipse on Monday, there will be another chance.

Minnesota wasn't in line for the full eclipse, set for more than 70 percent.

Monday's eclipse was the first total solar eclipse to occur in the United States in almost 40 years, and it's the first time since 1776 that it's happening exclusively in the USA, according to an update from the SOPL. That means the eclipse's path of totality, or the area completely under the shadow of the moon, traveled across the country from west to east.

The U.P. hasn't seen a total eclipse since 1954, and won't see another until 2106. Others tried to get glasses at events scheduled around the county.

Hordes of people flocked to the northwestern, midland and southeast states were located in the area of 100 percent totality that nearly perfectly bisected the nation.

The self-proclaimed "NASA nerd", said the greatest risk to the eyes is the amount of radiation a person might receive if they were to "stare" at sun during an eclipse, or even on a bright, sunny day. It was not uncommon to see glasses passed from one person to another. The program examines what eclipses are, and how and when they occur.

It was Eclipse Day in Wilmette, and the two Wilmette 6-year-olds loved it.

Nathaniel Kline of Altoona and his children had their glasses on at Chimney Rocks Park.

"We kept getting calls".

"When I saw it, I thought that it wasn't really going to cover up very much because we weren't really in the range of it, but now I'm really surprised on how much it's being covered", said 10-year-old Roenak Ghiardi. "There was a lot of excitement", Altoona Library Director Jennifer Knisely said. Some came with the eclipse-viewers or with welding glasses they picked up elsewhere or owned.