Rhode Islander heading south for best view of solar eclipse

Got a spot picked to watch the eclipse? Ferndale has the perfect event to learn something, too

Library giving out 500 pairs of eclipse glasses on Monday

Visit eclipse.aas.org to access eclipse duration charts.

The next solar eclipse visible from the continental United States will be April 8, 2024.

From noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., will hold an AWS Special Abilities and Solar Eclipse Preparation Day for people with disabilities and for the general public. 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.

While a last-minute rush has left many dealers out of stock two weeks before the big day, the good news is that USA astronomy buffs have to wait only seven more years for the next total solar eclipse over North America, in April 2024. The eclipse is expected to have 81 percent coverage from this location.

The Oak Ridge Public Library will give out 500 pairs of eclipse glasses to library patrons on Monday, August 14.

A total solar eclipse is a rare event in which the moon completely blocks the sun from view.

The lenses of some obvious fakes allow the penetration of light from such relatively faint sources as fluorescent lamps, while the only thing one should see through authentic solar-safe filters when looking at objects fainter than the sun is pitch blackness. Optometrists want to reinforce that the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters or other ISO-certified filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or handheld solar viewers.

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