Get Your Eclipse On!

Have you heard about the eclipse? It happens on April 8.  On that day, you’ll be able to see the sun completely blocked by the shadow of the moon–one of the most spectacular and rare natural events there is. There will not be another over Vermont in our lifetimes!

The eclipse begins at 2:14 pm on Monday, April 8; totality, when the moon’s shadow completely covers the sun and the sky goes dark, happens at 3:26 and will last for about 3 minutes. The moon will move away, with all effects of its shadow going by 4:37. Rochester will not experience totality, but if you want to drive (be prepared for traffic), the northern tier of Vermont (Burlington, Montpelier, St Johnsbury, St Albans, and Newport are some of the locations) will have totality.

WARNING: do not look at the eclipse without protection! You will damage your eyes. Fortunately, the library has eclipse glasses! Stop in to grab a pair; limit 2/family. You can also find the supplies to make a pinhole eclipse viewer, more eclipse information, and eclipse-themed crafts for kids. Join the fun–don’t miss the eclipse!