Get ready for eclipse with class and glasses

Jul 31, 2017
Courtesy of: Sno-Isle Libraries A free class on the upcoming solar eclipse will include free glasses for participants.

A free class on the much-anticipated Aug. 21 solar eclipse, the science of the sun and astronomy, is coming to Edmonds.

Roger and Linda Kennedy from the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project and Timmy Telescope Solar Astronomy Outreach will be at the Edmonds Library 1 p.m. Aug. 7. The Kennedys will bring will bring free eclipse glasses that make it safe to look at the sun for participants in the class.

Attendance is free.

“The classes are a free-flowing observational, Q&A sort of thing,” Roger Kennedy said. “We set up two telescopes and a spectroscope and a couple of tables with information about the sun. We talk about the sun, how we use light in science and how the spectrum comes into play.”

The Kennedys were already sharing their love of the stars when NASA called.

“A couple of years back, the Goddard Flight Center contacted us and said their outreach funding was getting repurposed,” Kennedy said. “They asked if we’d like to partner with them and you don’t say no when NASA calls.”

Since then, more funding has come from nearby Sandia National Laboratories and other grants to buy additional equipment for classes.

“Most people look through the telescope, see a red ball and say ‘What’s that?’” Kennedy said. “I tell them that’s hydrogen, then we explain the phenomenon of the sun; most people have never really seen the sun.”

Sno-Isle Libraries has created a solar eclipse resource page (http://bit.ly/SILeclipse) with information about the coming solar eclipse, the sun and other astronomical tidbits.

The Edmonds Library is at 650 Main St.

 

 

 

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