MADISON, NJ – The Madison Library will host a free solar eclipse viewing party today, 1:20-4 p.m., at its home on 39 Keep St.
Participants can watch the eclipse from the courtyard outside or watch the NASA live stream in the library’s Chase Room. Best viewing times are 2:30-4 p.m., the library said.
“Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event,” NASA said of the live stream.
Today’s eclipse “stretches across the U.S. from coast to coast” from Oregon to South Carolina, according to NASA. This is a “once-in-a-lifetime event,” Madison Library said.
A select few pairs of solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available for those who wish to share, according to the library. Glasses were available through the library but have since sold out.
Glasses may be hard to come by so close to the event. For those who do not have special viewing glasses, NASA has instructions on how to safely watch the eclipse through a pinhole projector. Click here to learn more.
“We’ll also be making pinhole projectors at the event” said library staff member Corinne Bowen. Permanent eye damage can occur if proper viewing precautions are not taken.
For more information on today’s eclipse, visit NASA’s website.