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Solar Eclipse 101 with Dr. Gyanwali

UA Rich Mountain, Ouachita Mountains Regional Library, and Polk County Library will host an eclipse presentation with Dr. Gaumani Gyanwali at the Ouachita Center on Tuesday, April 2, at 10 a.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.

For the April 8 eclipse, Polk County will see 100% coverage for approximately 4 minutes and 4 seconds. The eclipse will begin in the county at 12:30 p.m. with totality beginning at 1:47 and ending at 1:51. By 3:09 p.m., the eclipse will be over.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and earth at its maximum distance from earth. During the April eclipse, Arkansas will be in the path of totality, and the moon will completely block the sun.

Prior to totality, it is unsafe to look at the sun without specialized eye protection. Dr. G, as most students and staff call him, will discuss how an eclipse happens and how to take the appropriate precautions to view the eclipse. All attendees will receive NASA approved solar eclipse viewing glasses courtesy of the Arkansas State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) while they last.

The United States will not experience another total eclipse until August 23, 2044. To find out more about the total eclipse:
To receive a pair of solar eclipse view glasses, Polk County Library has a limited number available to library patrons free of charge.

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