Library to distribute eclipse glasses Aug. 13

A major astronomical event is happening later this month, and Fayetteville Public Library is helping locals prepare to experience it.

The library will distribute special glasses for safely viewing the Great American Eclipse in the lobby of the facility at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13 in preparation for the event coming up on Monday, Aug. 21.

The glasses will be free to attendees (one per person) while they last on a first-come, first-served basis.

The total eclipse will be visible nearby in parts of Missouri (see the full map), but even in Fayetteville, a 90% eclipse will be visible on the 21st. The eclipse will be visible in Fayetteville beginning at around 11:43 a.m. until a little after 2:41 p.m.

According to the NASA website, “the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.”

For more information about the eclipse including tips for viewing it, check out this handy guide created by the University of Arkansas, or visit NASA’s official Eclipse site.