Libraries will be the cool place to view rare event.
A total solar eclipse over the United States is a rare event, but one will happen August 21st and public libraries are gearing up to help the skywatching public make the most of it. Thanks to a program by the Space Science Institute, libraries will hand out more than two million pairs of special glasses to let people view the eclipse safely.
The eclipse will pass over Oregon across a 70-mile-wide swath of the country to South Carolina. People outside the total eclipse zone will still be able to see a partial eclipse.
A reminder! Looking up at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage, which is why skywatchers need special solar-viewing glasses.