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Catch Some Rays: Summit Library to Stream Aug. 21 'Great American Eclipse'; NASA-Issued Viewing Safety Tips Detailed

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SUMMIT, NJ - On August 21, portions of the United States will fall under a total solar eclipse, darkening skies from Oregon along a path of approximately 70 miles wide stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, according to space.com. While the path's trajectory will not extend to the Garden State -- in the Summit Area eclipse will reach about 75 percent of 'totality' -- Summit residents will be able to take in the rare view via a live streaming of the eclipse at the Summit Free Public Library.

The Library will be showing, from 1 - 4 p.m., the NASA live-stream broadcast of the Great American Solar Eclipse on the 80-inch screen in the Library's meeting room. The broadcast can also be viewed by visiting eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

Across the country, university students will send 57 cameras up by weather balloon to monitor the 2017 total solar eclipse, and the near-space views will be live streamed from coast-to-coast in a collaboration with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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For the initiative, called the 'Eclipse Ballooning Project', teams from universities across the United States will fly the balloons as high as 100,000 feet, and the views they send back will be collected and broadcast live on NASA TV. According to the nasa.gov, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon casts a shadow onto Earth. For a total eclipse to take place, the sun, moon and Earth must be in a direct line.

A total solar eclipse is only visible from a small area on Earth. The people who see the total eclipse are in the center of the moon’s shadow when it hits Earth. The sky becomes very dark, as if it were night. NASA has issued a list of safety tips for those attempting to view the eclipse in person.

The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.

Trailside Nature and Science Center - Mountainside, 12 - 3 p.m.

Members of the Amateur Astronomers, Inc., founded in 1949 to promote an interest in the science of astronomy through activities and programs, will be on hand for the viewing. Those in attendance should also bring along a chair or a blanket.

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. In case of inclement weather on the day of the eclipse call Trailside at 908-789-3670.


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