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Free Fun For the Whole Family: 2017 Solar Eclipse Party

Solar SolarFor the first time since 1918, there will be a full solar eclipse August 21, 2017, from approximately 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., in the St. Louis metropolitan area. People from all over the world are descending on our area just to be a part of this unusual event. There are even rumors of people renting out 10 feet square portions of their yards for people to set up to view this event in the Carbondale, Illinois area. As we are not in the direct path, the Alton area will just have a 90% partial eclipse, but it will still be a wondrous site to behold. To that end, Hayner Library is partnering with Alton Regional Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) to bring you some activities and ways to view the eclipse safely. One of those ways is a galileoscope (see photo), which uses the library’s Orion StarBlast telescopes as the image generator. The galileoscope projects a 2 1/2” image of the sun safely. This was generously donated to the library from the Members of the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri with the help of Eddie Agha, staff astronomer at The Nature Institute in Godfrey, IL. The event will take place at the Alton Amphitheater on August 21, 2017, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Some of the events currently scheduled include: live-streaming from NASA’s website, food vendors, and the infamous Bubble Bus from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. Please check Hayner Library’s website, the CVB’s website, or call either Hayner Library, (618) 462-0677, or the CVB, (800) 258-6645, to find out the full details as arrangements are still being made. In the meantime, here are a couple of websites that contain useful information about the eclipse: and We hope to see you there!

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