Great American Solar Eclipse

Byline: Vienna Town Green

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What are you doing on Monday, Aug. 21, at 2:42 p.m.? Patrick Henry Library asks you to join them on the Vienna Town Green from 2 - 3 p.m. to view "The Great American Solar Eclipse"!

You may have heard about the solar eclipse that will be traversing across the U.S. that day. The first total solar eclipse over the continental United States in 38 years will reach us at 2:42 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. In Fairfax County, about 80 percent of the sun will be blocked by moon. The full solar eclipse will be taking place at that time in South Carolina.

NASA warns that the only safe way to view the sun, even when it is partially eclipsed, is with the use of special-purpose solar filters or hand-held solar viewers. The American Astronomical Society has provided a list of reputable vendors for these glasses.