Countdown to the Solar Eclipse!

On August 21, 2017, for the first time in almost 30 years, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the continental U.S. in a 71-mile-wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. From the Chicago area, about 85% of the Sun will be covered by the Moon.

Celebrate this amazing event with the Library by attending our “A Solar Eclipse is Coming!” lecture from the Adler Planetarium’s Michelle Nichols on August 7 at 7:00 p.m., where she will talk about the science behind eclipses, and how you can enjoy the upcoming eclipse.

You can also join us at our tent at McClure Junior High’s field on August 21 anytime between 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. to receive free eclipse viewing glasses, find out how you can safely view the eclipse, and learn how to make a pinhole viewer.

You can learn more about eclipses, and how to safely view the August 21 eclipse on the NASA website at Eclipse 101: Safety