Library Looking At Space

Solar Eclipse

Library Looking At Space

Lawton, OK – The Lawton Public Library, 110 SW Fourth Street, will host a Great American Total Solar Eclipse viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on August 21, adding an extra-special treat to the in-house NASA traveling exhibit that will occupy the library lobby throughout the month. The event is open to all ages; safety glasses will be provided to attendees while supplies last.

The event will be viewed by millions across the country as it is the first of its kind to be seen in the continental United States since 1979. At its totality, the disk of the moon obscures the light from the sun and the sun's outer atmosphere, the corona, is all that becomes visible. Daytime will become twilight and cause a noticeable drop in temperature.

The eclipse encompasses an area 70 miles wide that will move from Oregon to South Carolina. For sky gazers here in Oklahoma, the eclipse starts at 11:39 am. The maximum phase is at 1:08 pm and the end phase is at 2:37 pm. Weather permitting, Oklahomans should be able to observe an 82 percent of the eclipse. Additional states in which the eclipse will be visible include Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The total solar eclipse event will not occur again until 2024 when its path will take it across Mexico and Texas.

The library’s highly anticipated NASA traveling exhibit, to be received Aug. 1, will include a 1/25 scale rocket, authentic reentry space helmet, moon rocks and space food. The exhibit is funded by an anonymous children's grant.

“The eclipse, coupled with the NASA traveling exhibit, affords an incredible opportunity for families and the community to study, explore and promote interest in space,” said Rose Wilson, Lawton Public Library Programming Coordinator.

The solar eclipse viewing at the Lawton Public Library is sponsored, in part, through the STARNet Library Network of the Space Science Institute and the National Science Teachers Association.


During solar eclipse viewings, it is important not to look at the sun directly without protective eye gear. Even regular sunglasses cannot keep your eyes from the damage the sun’s rays can do during this special event. One method used to track the movement of the moon is to create homemade cardboard viewers. Watchers keep their back toward the sun while holding a cardboard with a pinhole. The progress is projected through the pinhole onto the concrete or a blank sheet of paper. Observers are cautioned not to look at the sun through the pinhole. The safety glasses that the Lawton Public Library will supply, however, allow for direct viewing of the eclipse. Those wishing to view the solar eclipse from home may pick up a pair of these glasses from the library as early as Aug. 7 at no charge.

For more information, please contact Rose Wilson, Lawton Public Library’s Programming Coordinator, at (580)581-3450 or by email at @email Senior Library Associate Rachel Pierce is also available for additional information at (580)581-3450 or @email.



Rose Wilson, Programming Coordinator

Rachel Pierce, Sr. Library Associate

Lawton Public Library

Ph: 580.581.3450

Fax: 580.248.0243




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