BY MELANIE WADE –
With the next solar eclipse around the corner, the Polk County Library and Kathy Rusert thought a course on the subject would help people understand why an eclipse occurs and how to best view the galactic event safely.
To bring the best available knowledge to the event, Rusert attending a NASA training on eclipses and is now certified in the subject. Rusert incorporated the help of two Waldron coaches to present the program, Toby Hollin and Amelia Sanford. The trio each conducted a station with different activities and attendees, from small children to adults, rotated through, learning the relationship between the sun, moon, and earth, as well as the purpose of each, and why an eclipse occurs. Crafts were made at each station as well, providing a hands-on learning experience.
A solar eclipse is an event that causes the moon to ‘block’ the sun from view, with exception to a halo of light. The next viewable solar eclipse can be seen on August 21, 2017 and won’t be seen again for another seven years.