Written by Maggie Killman, Lifelong Learning Manager, Downtown Main Library
In the next six months, there are two upcoming solar eclipses happening right here in Hamilton County! On Saturday, October 14, 11:42 a.m.-2:32 p.m., and Monday, April 8, 1-4 p.m. CHPL locations will be hosting events where you can peer into the cosmos and view this rare phenomenon.
Look Up at the Library
Next week’s October 14 event is a partial eclipse. For the April 2024 eclipse, Hamilton County will be right on the edge of totality. This fall’s eclipse will be a warm-up run for the main event in the spring.
Many of our telescope-lending branches are having eclipse viewing parties! Telescopes have been fitted with special “sun funnels” that will allow for safe group viewing of the eclipse. Cheers to Dean Regas for training Library staff on using sun funnels.
- The Library has also partnered with the Cincinnati Observatory to offer a slate of eclipse prep programs leading up to the big day. There’s still time to attend several of these events and learn more about safe sun viewing.
- Want to purchase your own eclipse glasses? Check out these suppliers of safe solar viewers, opens a new window.
Looking Forward to April 2024
The fall eclipse will be very cool, but the spring event will be so much cooler for us in Hamilton County. Most locations will experience 99% totality, and the Harrison Branch will be in 100% totality! We're very excited to ramp up our efforts towards spring, when we’ll have a much larger celebration of the sky and solar eclipses.
STARNet has once again led an initiative to furnish public libraries with eclipse glasses for public use, opens a new window. Since April will be a much bigger event for Hamilton County, we're saving the glasses we have received from STARNet for that dazzling, celestial event.