KENILWORTH, NJ – More than 1,000 people viewed Monday’s solar eclipse using glasses from the Kenilworth Public Library, Robin Koerner, director of children's services at the library, said.

The Kenilworth Public Library presented a special all-ages program to learn about the eclipse with Sandy Lowery from the Pearl Observatory, with hundreds of people attending the viewing celebration.

“Protective glasses donated by STAR_Net were distributed to attendees and shared among others who visited the library during the eclipse,” Koerner said.

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The August 21 solar eclipse was a rare occurrence. Although only certain parts of the country experience a total eclipse, a degree of the eclipse was visible in every state. In New Jersey, the eclipse reached 77 percent totality at approximately 2:40 p.m.

The last time the country saw a national eclipse was in 1979. The next one will occur on April 8, 2024.