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Solar Eclipse Viewing Event Monday at NM Museum of Space History

All across the country people are preparing for the solar eclipse, whether they are in the path of totality or not.

Since Wednesday, August 9, staff  at the Museum of Space History have handed out 1,000 solar eclipse glasses to area residents and schools.

The glasses are no longer available prior to the eclipse, but the museum plans to have a limited number on hand for the eclipse viewing activities on Monday, August 21, beginning at 10:30 am.

“We’re delighted that so many people came up to get their solar eclipse glasses and hope that everyone remembers to view the eclipse safely. We’ll be offering several ways for people to see the eclipse on Monday, including an opportunity for you to build your own pinhole eclipse viewer,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll.

In New Mexico, totality will reach only about 67% but it will still be a significant event. The New Mexico Museum of Space History is planning a solar eclipse party beginning at 10:30 on August 21, with eye safe ways for you and your family to view the eclipse.

The museum is offering several activities for eclipse day, including a live feed from NASA of the total solar eclipse coverage along with webcasts from other sources, a workshop to teach you to create your own eye safe pinhole solar eclipse viewer, and Education Director Dave Dooling will talk about what causes eclipses and how they helped scientists discover the true nature of the Sun.

All of these activities are free to the public and will be held on the first floor of the museum beginning at 10:30.

At 11:30, a few minutes before maximum at 11:47:51 a.m., activities will move to the museum patio for observing through a Sunspotter and an H-alpha solar telescope as well as the pinhole viewers and eclipse glasses.

In addition, the museum will have free eclipse glasses available while supplies last for event participants.

The eclipse glasses were donated by a local Astronomy Group and were provided through a grant by the Sunspot Community and are certified by the Astronomical League. Museum activities will end at 1:30 p.m.

All activities are free and open to the public.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website or like their Facebook Page.

El Paso Public Library to Host Eclipse Viewing Events Monday

The El Paso Public Library invites the public to celebrate the total eclipse of the sun at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 21, at three library branches: Armijo, Dorris Van Doren and José Cisneros.

The three branches will hand out official eclipse viewers to visitors who attend (while supplies last). The celebration includes stories and other activities.

The eclipse viewers are being distributed through the library by The STAR Library Network (STAR Net), with support from the Moore Foundation, Google, NASA, the Research Corporation, and NSF.

They have distributed more than 2-million safe eclipse glasses to 7,000 unique locations including public library branches, bookmobiles, tribal libraries, library consortia, and state libraries in all 50 states.

Events and free glasses at these participating locations:

Armijo Library, 620 E. 7th Street, (915) 212-0369

Dorris Van Doren Library, 551 Red Rd., (915) 875-0700

José Cisneros Library, 1300 Hawkins, (915) 212-0450

The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit the library website or call the nearest participating branch.

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