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See You Again In 2024!

Thousands descend on the Village Green to view solar eclipse.

It is hard to believe that so many people came to OLPL on August 21, 2017 to see the eclipse.  We handed out 700 glasses in less than twenty minutes, and our door count was almost 4,000! If you came down to the lower level program room to Skype with me, thank you. It was great hearing all your questions and I enjoyed looking at several of the corona drawings people made.

Photo of the start of the eclipse from Shawnee National Forest If you are willing and able to keep your glasses until April 8, 2024, NASA states that as long as they are in pristine condition they can be used again. If you would rather donate them to a good cause, there is a group called Astronomers Without Borders . They will be announcing a program to collect glasses so they can send them to schools in South America and Asia when another total eclipse crosses those continents in 2019. They are still working out the details so don't send them yet.

After seeing my first total eclipse, I recommend checking one out.  Yes, it only lasts a few minutes, but pictures and video don't do the experience justice.  There are subtleties the camera can't pick up. I hear Indianapolis is already preparing for 2024, so take a trip that you'll remember for a lifetime.

Created by Emily Kenny on Aug 23rd, 2017 @ 10:18 AM.
Updated on Aug 23rd, 2017 @ 3:58 PM.