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News : Astronomical Andover Solar Eclipse Party
By Susan Hill
07-28-2017 10:56 AM

Come to Pymatuning Valley Schools at 1pm Monday August 21 and we will give you eclipse glasses (until they run out--we were granted over 1,000 pairs), then you can sit in the stands and watch the solar eclipse for a while, then go to the Veterans' Auditorium to see NASA live eclipse streaming. NASA plans to photograph the eclipse Totality from balloons, jet planes, the International Space Station, and the states which have the clearest weather. We will have the library's "sunoculars" and a few filtered telescopes so everyone can take a peek at the sun safely and perhaps see some sun spots. While there you can use the links and apps from NASA.


From 3:30-5pm you can enter the PV Primary Sunshine Room with your children and enter the Dome Planetarium Theater to see a 20 minute to 1/2 hour show. The dome holds 30-50 little ones and shows are aimed at 2nd through 8th grades. During the day the classes of 1st-6th grades will already have visited the Dome for exciting educational programs.


Andover Public Library will be closed August 21st to prepare for our book sale August 26 and to provide our community with the Astronomical Andover Eclipse Party at PV Schools.


Astronomical Andover was made possible by a Julena Steinheider Duncombe Mini Grant. The Library is one of 31 organizations across the US including astronomy clubs and museums which were awarded funding to help their communities learn about the coming Eclipse of the sun. Andover Public Library partners with the PV Schools and the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society. The grants program utilizes funds from the American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Task Force with funding provided by the National Science Foundation. Two Ohio organizations received the grant and the other Ohio organization is the University of Toledo Ritter Planetarium.


Julena Steinheider Duncombe (1911-2003) was an outstanding astronomer and educator who started the US's first school-lunch program for underprivleged children. For many years she published eclipse predictions for the US Naval Observatory. Andover Public Library will provide special programming about women in science in her honor.

Our eclipse glasses were awarded to us by Star-Net and the Space Science Institute, through a special outreach for libraries across the US.



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