Catch the Solar Eclipse with the Cabarrus County Public LibraryAug 09, 2017 06:15AM ● By Melanie Heisinger
Photo by Jake Hills
On August 21st, 2017 will mark a very particular solar eclipse that hasn't occurred over the United States since 1918. The Cabarrus County Public Library System is excited about this and decided to throw a party in celebration.
We got in touch with Senior Library Assistant Elizabeth Baltes to learn more about this fun event happening in Cabarrus County libraries.
Tell us a little bit about this event. Has the library system done anything like this before?
Beginning at noon on August 21, each library branch (Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, and Mt. Pleasant) is hosting a solar eclipse “viewing” party until 4pm. Participants will receive special glasses and safety instructions from trained staff members. All participants will be required to sign a waiver. The last time a contiguous total solar eclipse like this occurred in the United States was in 1918, so this is the first time we are celebrating an event of this nature.
What can someone expect while attending?
Patrons can participate in various astronomical activities and learn what to expect before and during the phenomena. We will have approximately 97% totality in Cabarrus County, with maximum coverage occurring from 2:41-2:43pm; the closest location to totality is in South Carolina. This event is rain or shine (if it rains, we will stream the eclipse from other locations).
Can anyone join?This is event is perfect for all ages! Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
Is there something we should look forward to?
This particular type of solar eclipse will travel coast to coast, from Oregon to South Carolina. According to NASA, in any given location on Earth, a total eclipse happens only once every hundred years, making this is an extremely rare event!
Anything else we need to know?
The entire program is scheduled from 12-4pm, with activities available before and after the eclipse. To reiterate, all participants must sign a waiver to receive their eclipse glasses. Glass will not be available until the program begins at 12pm on August 21.
Additionally, the North Carolina Highway Patrol has issued a travel advisory for the day of the event.
See our event calendar to see each Cabarrus County library's event detail.