Aug 10 program previews eclipse

Are you in the Path of Totality? Find out by attending Total Eclipse of the Heart(land) at 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 10, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

Brian Hastings and Allen Zielieke of the Sheboygan Astronomical Society will preview the rare total solar eclipse coming our way on August 21. The duo will describe the basic nature of how eclipses work and what we can expect here in Fond du Lac (ours is a partial eclipse), with an emphasis on how to view it safely. For those interested in traveling to the Path of Totality, they’ll share tips on how to choose a location. Weather permitting, the presentation will move outdoors to view sunspots through a telescope equipped with a solar filter.

And, first-come, first-served, Total Eclipse of the Heart(land) attendees will receive NASA-approved eclipse sunglasses, while supplies last.

Hastings is pastor at Memorial Baptist Church in Fond du Lac and an amateur astronomer interested in photography and storm chasing. Zielieke is an amateur astronomer and avid reader who has been captivated by space since witnessing the beginning of the space race in 1957.

The library has materials available on the eclipse, including safe-viewing guidelines. On the big day itself, Monday, August 21, the library will show NASA’s live coverage and will offer an eclipse-themed bake sale. The eclipse is expected to peak in Fond du Lac around 1:15 p.m.

For more information, call the Help Desk at (920) 322-3951. 

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