Limited supply of eclipse viewing glasses available at Burlington libraries


Published March 22, 2024 at 2:12 am

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Get ’em while they last!

The Burlington Public Library has a limited number of solar eclipse glasses that they will be giving away today (March 22).

Specially made and supplied by McMaster University, the glasses will be available at all library branches beginning at 9 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

The library system’s website and social media pages will be updated when the supply is gone.

This is the final shipment of glasses the library expects to receive.

Special glasses are needed to view the celestial event because looking directly at the Sun can cause permanent eye damage.

The solar eclipse takes place on April 8 between 2 and 4:30 p.m. with the totality occurring at approximately 3:19 p.m. in Burlington.

“During a total solar eclipse, the Moon aligns perfectly with the Sun, temporarily casting a shadow on Earth and causing a complete blockage of direct sunlight,” according to information supplied by the library system. “Although partial solar eclipses occur regularly in Canada, it’s rare for Burlington to lie directly in the path of a total solar eclipse. The next time this will happen is October 26, 2144 — over a century from now.”

The event is also creating a stir because of the expected viewing conditions.

This time the eclipse is expected to last longer, the sky will fall darker, and the Sun itself will put on a much livelier show, according to ScienceNews.

You can also use the Burlington Library System to learn more about eclipses by following this link.

You can find your nearest library branch here.

If you miss out on the glasses from the library, the City of Burlington will also be giving them out, while supplies last, during a viewing party at Spencer Smith Park on April 8.





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