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Learn About the Great American Eclipse at the Fanwood Library on July 25

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the community are invited to learn about The Great American Eclipse at the Fanwood Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. when the library welcomes Wayne Zuhl of Amateur Astronomers, Inc. (AAI) to discuss The Eclipse, The Sky, and The Sun.

After Mr. Zuhl’s talk, the library staff will set up its Orion StarBlastTelescope outside to look at the stars. Don’t worry about whether it’s dark out; many objects, including the moon, are visible before the sun goes down.

The coming total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 is widely called the Great American Eclipse because it will be so accessible to so many millions of Americans.

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A total solar eclipse is easily the most spectacular sight in nature when the sky suddenly darkens and the most beautiful object in the sky — the Sun’s shimmering corona — becomes visible for two minutes or so. To see a total solar eclipse is an intensely emotional experience and a memory for a lifetime. Here, in Fanwood, we will be able to see the eclipse at 70% at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Anyone viewing the eclipse must have a viewer that will protect their eyes. On August 8th, members of the publil can build an eclipse viewer at the library from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The AAI is a non-profit educational organization promoting public awareness of astronomy through courses lectures and college scholarships. AAI operates the Sperry Observatory located in the Cranford campus of Union County College.

For programs at the Fanwood Library visit www.fanwoodlibary.org or call (908) 322-6400.

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