Gail Borden to host eclipse viewing event Monday
State Rep. Anna Moeller, an astronomy enthusiast, and Kerry Kelly of Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School will be guest speakers at Gail Borden Public Library's eclipse viewing event at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21.
Through Rep. Moeller's office, the Illinois Optometric Association has donated 50 pairs of eclipse-viewing glasses for this event that will be made available just prior to the event.
The library distributed over 900 eclipse glasses provided by the Space Science Institute earlier in the week.
The library will have an outside viewing event if the weather cooperates. For all those without glasses or if the weather is not conducive for viewing, the library also will be livestreaming NASA's Eclipse feed in the Meadows Community Rooms, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin.
"Having Rep. Moeller and Kerry Kelly here at the library to help inform our customers about the eclipse is excellent," said Carole Medal, executive director of the Gail Borden Library. "It is wonderful for people to see the 'science side' of notable people in the community."
NASA's Web page indicates that, "On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights -- a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere -- the corona -- can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk."
This area is anticipated to view approximately 87 percent of the eclipse event.