Experience the 2024 Solar Eclipse with Seymour Library

  • 03/22/2024
  • 16:20
  • maureen

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Seymour Library -- graphic of sun and moon with family wearing eclipse glasses.

The total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, might be the last great opportunity for many local residents to experience this monumental event. The City of Auburn NY is in the path of totality and will experience the eclipse at 3:22 pm which will last one minute and 43.8 seconds!

Seymour Library has created an assortment of programs and events including an Eclipse Viewing Party, to be held on April, 8 at 3:00 pm, right on the library’s front lawn!

The library will be handing out eclipse glasses to attendees at our solar eclipse programs, while supplies last. If you can’t make it to one of our programs don’t worry, because starting on April 1st, we will hand out glasses to the public. Please note there will be a limit of one per person, as we have a limited supply of glasses.

Seymour Library’s Solar Eclipse Programs and Events

Why are glasses so important?

Looking directly at the sun without the proper protection can cause serious eye damage and have a long-term impact on your eyesight. This warning includes using a pair of regular sunglasses as they do not filter out the damaging rays from the sun. You will not realize you have damaged your eyes until hours later. This is why it’s important to use special eclipse glasses, or filters made by an AAS-approved manufacturer.

Safety Notes:

During a partial or total solar eclipse, such as the one on April 8th, looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase (“totality”), when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun’s bright face, which happens only within the narrow path of totality. At all other times, it is safe to look directly at the Sun only through special-purpose solar filters that comply with the transmittance requirements of the ISO 12312-2 international standard. 

Our glasses have been provided by the Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries (SEAL) project, the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and all meet ISO safety standards. 

How to use solar glasses and tips.

Solar Eclipse Fact Sheets from Prevent Blindness.

Other options to view the eclipse:

Live Feeds from Nasa:

Links to additional eclipse information

NASA Eclipses

NASA 2024 Total Eclipse

American Astronomical Society – Solar Eclipse Across America