Eclipse Watch Party Happening Today at VCBC Library

Ashley Limesand
Staff Writer

Today, on Monday, August 21, as people across North America gather with excitement to experience the solar eclipse of the sun, citizens locally are invited to the front lawn of the Valley City-Barnes County Public Library to view the phenomenon.

Children's Librarian Melissa Lloyd says there will be a gathering on the front lawn and for others the library will set up a live stream through NASA in the multi-purpose room with a view of the total solar eclipse.

Fourteen states are in the path of totality and as North Dakota is not in the path of totality, Valley City will only be experiencing a partial solar eclipse of between 80 to 90 percent, meaning the moon appears to block part, but not all, of the sun's photosphere.

The eclipse will enter the U.S. at around 9 a.m. in Oregon and exit around 3 p.m. on the east coast. Lloyd says library viewing will take place most of the morning and into the afternoon as well.
It is extremely dangerous to look directly at the sun with no eye protection so viewers are warned to find protective ways to view the solar eclipse. Those watching can wear special eclipse glasses, use a telescope with a protective lens, or use a projection method, such as the pinhole projector.