Animation of what the eclipse will look like in Menomonie (opens in new tab).

“When the sun and moon align with you.”

On August 21 the first total eclipse of the sun since 1979 will occur in the U.S.  While we won’t see a total eclipse here in Menomonie, it will be 85% eclipsed and still exciting to watch.  The moon starts its passage between the sun and us at 11:46 am and ends the journey at 2:31 pm.  Peak eclipse will be at 1:09 pm.  Join us at the library to view the eclipse.  We will have a limited supply of NASA approved “eclipse glasses” available the day of the eclipse starting at 11:40 a.m. (limit one per-person until supply is gone) which allow you to look at the sun directly without damaging your eyes.*  We will also be giving away free Moon Pies in recognition.

*Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones are not safe.  There are also unsafe paper solar glasses being distributed.  NASA says safe solar glasses must have both of the following printed on them:  U.S. manufacturer name (American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, or TSE 17) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) logo with the ISO reference 12312-2.

For great information about the upcoming solar eclipse visit the NASA web site