Eclipse“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't going away.” - Elvis Presley

Indeed, the sun is going to go away – at least in part, in the early afternoon on Monday, Aug. 21, as for the first time in nearly four decades, the United States will be affected by a total solar eclipse. In central Oklahoma, there will be about a 90 percent eclipsing of the sun, with maximum eclipse coming at 1:05 p.m.

A path running from northwest to southeast from Washington State through Nebraska and eventually South Carolina will see a total eclipse lasting about two to three minutes.

This isn’t something you get to see often. The last total solar eclipse in the continental United States came on the morning of Feb. 26, 1979. There’s another good chance to see a total eclipse in Oklahoma on April 8, 2024. But don’t wait up because after that, there won’t be another occurrence until Aug. 12, 2045!

Eclipse mapMany residents are looking for glasses with which to watch the eclipse safely. Supplies provided to libraries were set aside specifically for participants who signed up for programs listed below. However, the American Astronomical Society has many options for watching the eclipse which at this point will be the best way to obtain safe glasses to view the event.

There are also some free or inexpensive ways to safely view the eclipse. The American Astronomical Society also has information on pinhole projection and more.

If you aleady have your glasses, it's a good idea to check if they are safe, as there are a number of fakes out there. The American Astronomical Society has the info you need to check for safety.

Hometown libraries are joining hundreds of libraries across the country to get ready for the eclipse with programs and activities, including:

Solar Eclipse program, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, Purcell Public Library

Family Fun with the Sun, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, Noble Public Library

Solar Eclipse 2017: The "All-American" Eclipse, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, and 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, Newcastle Public Library

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, Norman Public Library West

Science of the Solar Eclipse, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, Moore Public Library (at Moore’s Central Park Amphitheater, 700 S. Broadway Ave.)

The American Library Association also is giving libraries and families good ideas for how to help their children safely view the eclipse.

And, of course, our collection is loaded with great materials to learn more about eclipses, the Sun and the solar system.

Stay in tune with everything the library is doing via the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available for free download from the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android.