Link Observatory Space Science Institute to Host Solar Eclipse Event on August 13 at the Central Library

By | June 26, 2017

Morgan County, IN – With the Great American Eclipse taking place this summer on Monday, August 21, the Link Observatory Space Science Institute is gearing up to host another unique program on August 13 to help Central Indiana learn about and enjoy this historic event.

On August 21, the earth, sun, and moon will experience a total solar eclipse that will last more than 90 minutes, coast to coast. The celestial bodies will line up to block the sun from view, an event scientists and historians are calling The Great American Eclipse. It will be the most viewed astronomical event of the century.

“Here’s why this is so exciting,” said Kurt Williams, the Institute’s Deputy Director. “This total eclipse of the sun is the first since 1776 whose path of totality — the narrow corridor where observers will be in the moon’s shadow as it covers the sun — lies completely within the continental United States and no other country.”

“The most beautiful object in the sky – the sun’s corona – which is invisible most of the time, will be revealed for a precious two minutes.” Williams continued. “It’s incredible, and this is your chance to see it.”

The Institute will host a special multimedia event on Sunday, August 13 utilizing the latest in digital animations to discuss the science of the sun, the orbital dynamics involved in solar eclipses, and details of the upcoming Great American Eclipse. The program will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Indianapolis Central Library at One Library Square, 40 E. St. Clair Street, Indianapolis. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Anyone interested in attending should visit the library’s web site at www.indypl.org and click on “Central Library” for more information.

The library programs are free because of generous support from local businesses and individuals. To continue these and other programs presented by the Link Observatory Space Science Institute, please visit www.LinkObservatory.org/support.

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The mission of the Link Observatory Space Science Institute is to advance scholastic literacy of future generations with informal STEM education focused on NASA missions, astronomy, and space exploration; to foster scientific curiosity and advance science literacy to cultivate and nurture the next generation of leaders. Its vision is to share the wonders of the universe in ways that excite, inspire, challenge, and educate.