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August 13, 2017
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time Details:
Drop-in event during the library's open hours.
Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Make an Eclipse Viewer

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Watch the eclipse safely, and in style, by making your own solar viewer!

"The sky event of the decade" is coming on August 21st!  Be ready for the solar eclipse: make your own simple solar projector.

You make it yourself!  We'll leave out instructions and supplies for you, in the puzzle table area across from the library's adult reference desk.  Drop on in & create your viewer, from Saturday, August 12 through Sunday, August 20.  

Viewing the Eclipse Safely
  • Do not look directly at the sun.
  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.” 
  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. 
  • Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. 
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. 
  • Do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. 
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.