MOUNT VERNON - On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The eclipse's path will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path, including those in Ohio, will still see a partial solar eclipse.
For those who would rather watch the event on a screen, NASA will cover the eclipse live from coast to coast, beginning at noon EDT.
In Knox County there are several public eclipse watching events planned. Public library locations in Mount Vernon, Danville, Fredericktown, and Gambier will present programs about the eclipse as well as Ariel Foundation Park and Wolf Run Park.
The solar eclipse for the Columbus region is scheduled to begin at 1:04 p.m., reaches peak at 2:30 p.m., and ends at 3:52 p.m. Coverage of the sun for the area is expected to be 86 percent.
In case of bad weather, or for those who cannot be outside in the heat, the library will have special live streaming of the solar eclipse and informational programs on the big screen in the lower level multimedia room beginning at noon at the main library in Mount Vernon.
Refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to all ages.
This program is available thanks to grants obtained through the Space Science Institute, NASA @ My Library, the Moore Foundation, StarNet Science Technology Activities and Resources for Libraries, and the National Center for Interactive Learning.
The public is also invited to view the solar eclipse at Ariel-Foundation Park on Monday. Two Kenyon College students will be on site to answer questions and facilitate viewing the eclipse. They will have a limited number of eclipse glasses for people to share (but not to take home). If you have your own eclipse glasses, please bring them with you. You likely will not be able to acquire appropriate glasses between now and the event date as most of the reputable manufacturers are out of stock.
While not outside viewing the eclipse, event goers can stay cool in the Urton Clock House building where the students will have a slide presentation regarding the eclipse.
At Wolf Run Regional Park, 17621 Yauger Rd, the Knox County Park District will host an eclipse watching event from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. They will have eyewear to lend.
The last total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States occurred in 1979 and the next one will not take place until 2024.
Attendees are asked to bring a bag chair and snacks to share. The park district will provide lemonade and iced tea.
SPI on South Main Street will also offer solar eclipse viewing from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm in the Wright Center Parking lot. Imagination Playground, Water play, Eclipse activities and more. They say they have 50 safety eclipse viewing glasses to make use of. SPI will not be open inside during the eclipse. Eclipse watchers are encouraged to bring their own chairs.