Fargo Public Library to host two solar eclipse events

A student looks at the partially eclipsed sun in northern England

A student looks at the partially eclipsed sun in northern England

The Stem in the Sky eclipse event at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center is from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Two local science organizations are offering help to people wondering how to observe the solar eclipse, which will impact all of the mainland United States on August 21.

Made from an extremely opaque black polymer film containing fine carbon powder, true solar-safe lenses are created to screen out 250,000 times more visible light than would otherwise reach the naked eye, said B. Ralph Chou, a Canadian optometrist who led development of global standards for solar optics. The main show begins at 1 p.m. and will cover the path of totality the eclipse will take across the United States, from OR to SC.

At Lake Mead, 71 percent of the sun will be eclipsed.

In Rhode Island, we'll only get to see a partial eclipse. Free solar eclipse viewing glasses will be given out to participants, while supplies last. Never look directly at the sun without eye protection, even briefly. Oak Ridge is one of the few cities in the path of totality in Tennessee. The AOA encourages ordering solar eclipse glasses in advance and recommends referring to the American Astronomical Society's site for a list of manufacturers.

Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. Solar view glasses and pinhole cameras also will be available to the public.

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