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Solar Eclipse 2024

Total Eclipse of the Heartland: Eclipse Prep Party April 6, 2pm Madden Auditorium

On April 8th, 2024 we have the opportunity to witness what's called a "total" eclipse, even though Decatur is not in the path of 100% totality. We will experience approximately 95% coverage.

From NASA:

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People located in the center of the Moon’s shadow when it hits Earth will experience a total eclipse. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people in the path of a total solar eclipse can see the Sun’s corona, the outer atmosphere, which is otherwise usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun. A total solar eclipse is the only type of solar eclipse where viewers can momentarily remove their eclipse glasses (which are not the same as regular sunglasses) for the brief period of time when the Moon is completely blocking the Sun.

Eclipse Path 2024

Eclipse Programming:

Eclipse Prep Party
April 6, 2pm
Madden Auditorium

Join us for an all-ages program all about the eclipse! Our friends from Macon County Conservation Center will be doing a presentation about the upcoming eclipse. They are also bringing a telescope with a solar lens that will allow us to view the sun! Miss Susan from upstairs will join us for some starry stories. We'll do a craft and a special moon activity. We will be distributing eclipse glasses to participants at the end of the program. *see below for eclipse glasses guidelines*

Eclipse Glasses:

Starting Monday March 25th:

  • Glasses will be handed out at the reference/computer desk
  • Glasses will be handed out on a first come/first serve basis.
  • There is a limit of 2 pairs/family OR 1 pair/single individual.
  • Glasses will be handed out every day between March 25-April 8 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST