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Eclipses and Other Phenomena: 2017 Solar Eclipse

Linda Hall Library will be closed on Monday August 21, 2017,

so that our staff may enjoy the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse!

2017 Total Solar Eclipse


Watching a total eclipse like the August 21st event can be done safely with proper eye protection. Staring at the Sun outside of the window of total coverage by the moon, and/or without proper eyewear or techniques, will likely damage to your eyes. The only safe time to look at an eclipse with the naked eye is during the total phase of a total eclipse.  

Eyewear used for eclipse viewing must meet certain safety standards.  American Paper OpticsRainbow Symphony, and Thousand Oaks Optical are NASA-approved manufacturers of safety glasses.  There are also instructions on making handheld devices like the pinhole viewer on the internet (see Viewing Safety Tips tab).

NOTENASA is planning live video during the Eclipse 

Eclipse Videos

5 Minute Video Tutorial on the Eclipse (4:11)
2017 Solar Eclipse Across America
(5:08; opens in new window)


The Great American Eclipse
By The Numbers (2:03)


Tracing the 2017 Solar Eclipse (2:33)


2017 TSE Resources





Other Maps and Calculators

More information is available at the Solar Eclipse Across America web page.

American Astronomical Society

Astronomical Almanac - by the U.S. Navy

Astronomy Magazine

NASA's Multilingual Glossary  - has terminology in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese

Sky and Telescope Magazine









@AstronomyMag (Astronomy Magazine)

@AstronomyKC (Astronomical Society of Kansas City)

@Eclipse2017StJo (St. Joseph, MO)

@NationalEclipse (

@Totality2017 ((Grand Island, NE)

@TSE2017 (Total Solar Eclipse 2017)



NASA Scientists on Facebook Live

Total Eclipse Central (St. Clair, MO) on Facebook Blog

American Astronomical Society/AAS

Organization of 7,000 physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers, and others performing research or having an educational interests in contemporary astronomy

Astronomical Society of Kansas City/ASKC

Established in 1924, ASKC is one of the largest astronomical societies in the country, with nearly 400 members

American Meterological Society/AMS

National Aeronautics and Space Administration/NASA

  • 2017 Solar Eclipse Page

  • National Eclipse Blog

National Science Teachers Association

Night Sky Network

A nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing the science, technology, and inspiration of NASA's missions to the general public.


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