Link Observatory Space Science Institute Donates Certified Eclipse Glasses to Local Schools

By | August 16, 2017

Morgan County, IN – With the Eclipse Across America taking place on Monday, August 21, the Link Observatory Space Science Institute has been busy ensuring the safety of the eyesight of Indiana’s youth. By supporting local school districts with free eclipse viewing glasses, the Institute is helping to spread the word on how to safely view this amazing astronomical event.

On August 21, the earth, sun, and moon will experience a solar eclipse that will last more than 90 minutes, coast to coast. The celestial bodies will line up to partially or completely block the sun from view, depending on the location in the U.S. It will be the most viewed astronomical event of the century.

“We want as many people as possible in Central Indiana to enjoy this event safely,” said Kurt Williams, the Institute’s Deputy Director. “Thanks to our partnership with NASA, we’ve been able to donate thousands of certified eclipse glasses to local school districts so they can protect their students’ eyesight.” The Institute’s donations included schools in the Indianapolis Public School District, Westfield Washington School District, Lawrence Township School District, Mooresville School District, Martinsville School District and many others.

While Central Indiana won’t experience a total solar eclipse, residents will see a partial eclipse where the sun will be about 91% covered.

“We’ll still have some darkness and have a great experience in Central Indiana,” said Williams. “By using either eclipse glasses or something called a pinhole projector, everyone can see the moon covering the sun. It is an amazing sight and one not to be missed.”

For information on how to create a pinhole projector, visit www.eclipse2017.nasa.gov

The Link Observatory Space Science Institute works to benefit the community through efforts such as this because of generous support from local businesses and individuals. To learn more about the Institute and support its programs, please visit www.LinkObservatory.org/support.