Solar Eclipse Resources

Solar Eclipse. Photo Credit: NASA.
Solar Eclipse. Photo Credit: NASA.

Although WNPL is not distributing solar eclipse glasses at this time, here are some resources about viewing the solar eclipse that will take place on Monday August 21, 2017, beginning at approximately 11:54 am. According to the Adler Planetarium, the solar eclipse will peak at approximately 1:19 pm local time, when the Moon will block 87% of the Sun.

Programs & Events:

Chicago Tribune – Proximity to total solar eclipse prompts flurry of events in Chicago area

Little Lake County – 2017 Solar Eclipse: Where to Watch, What to Do, in Lake County
Provides a great overview of local sites for viewing events and eclipse resources.

2017 Solar Eclipse: Where to Watch, What to Do, in Lake County

Yerkes Observatory – The University of Chicago
The Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, is a facility of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago.

Viewing Maps:

vox – Solar Eclipse Map
An interactive guide to the eclipse based upon zip code.

Safety Tips & Viewer Instructions:

Adler Planetarium – Solar Eclipse FAQ’s

American Astronomical Society: Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters and Viewers
A list of telescope and solar-filter companies that manufacture and/or sell eclipse glasses (sometimes called eclipse shades) and/or handheld solar viewers that have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.

NASA-How to Make Solar Eclipse Viewers
Part of NASA’s excellent overall site about this year’s solar eclipse, this page offers instructions on building a solar eclipse & sun viewers:

Scholastic-Construct Your Own Eclipse Viewer – How to View a Solar Eclipse Without Damaging Your Eyes

USA Today-Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer

Washington Post – Parents: The solar eclipse is nothing to fear. Here’s how to watch it with your kids