By now, everyone has likely heard of the solar eclipse happening Monday. While we won’t see a total solar eclipse like some parts of the south and out west, more than half the sun will be blotted out by the moon at the peak of the event around 2:44 p.m. The eclipse will begin about an hour earlier and end around 3:56 p.m.
To commemorate the celestial event, a couple of local libraries are holding events, offering informational lectures, crafts for kids and a chance to safely view the eclipse without damaging the eyes.
The Amsterdam Free Library will host activities beginning at noon on Monday, including a story and eclipse craft. There, participants can make a pinhole viewer to watch the eclipse, which an indirect way to view the moon’s path across the sun by looking at the shadow. The library will also have eclipse glasses on hand for those who weren’t lucky enough to snag a pair at the store before they sold out.
The Arkell Museum in conjunction with the Canajoharie Library will also hold “Experience the Eclipse” at 1:30 p.m. Participants can make pinhole viewers, read books about eclipses and look at artwork and, of course, watch the event. There will also be a limited supply of glasses on hand.
While the eclipse will no doubt be a breath-taking occurrence, be safe. For those who will be stuck at work or otherwise occupied inside and can’t make it to the library or didn’t get some of the high-demand glasses, be sure not to look directly at the eclipse for risk of eye damage.
Have fun, but most importantly, do it safely.