Public libraries in the United States are going to supply two million residents with eclipse glasses. This protection equipment will be free of charge for all enthusiasts alike. The solar eclipse is going to summon darkness upon the country on August 21, 2017. The agency that organized this initiative is the Space Science Institute.
The Great American Eclipse Will Be Most Visible on the Route Between South Carolina and Oregon
A once in a lifetime phenomenon is going to dive America in shadows. However, it will not be a common sunset but a spectacular solar eclipse that was already dubbed as the Great American Eclipse. The line of impact will stretch from South Carolina to Oregon. This measures a streak of the land of about 70 miles and will offer the most visible part of the phenomenon. Across this line, people will be able to witness best how the moon passes in front of the sun.
Even though it is a special cosmological event, specialists encourage people to equip themselves with the right gear before looking directly at the eclipse. This is because persons without eye protection can go blind. The sunlight is still powerful enough despite the twilight effect to burn eyeballs and inflict irreparable damage.
Eclipse Glasses Provide the Only Safe Method to Witness the Celestial Phenomenon
Under usual circumstances, people avoid looking directly into the sun because of an uncomfortable brightness. However, this hostile condition disappears during an eclipse which makes it more of a temptation to gaze at the phenomenon without protection.
This is why SSI decided to equip 4,800 public libraries across America with 2 million special eclipse glasses. This is only one of the many projects that raise awareness about the August eclipse. The project received massive investment from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and it is also endorsed by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and Google.
On top of that, the initiative will also receive informational materials. Those enthusiasts who sign up for a pair of glasses will also get a booklet. The material will provide details to help people make the most of this celestial spectacle.
Image source: 1