Science News: Get ready for the Saturday, October 14 solar eclipse! Although our October weather is somewhat unpredictable, there is still a real chance we'll see the partial annular eclipse as the moon passes between the sun and the Earth here in Washington. Things will begin at 8:07 a.m., reach the maximum at 9:20 a.m., and then recede until the sun's light again reaches the Earth at 10:39 a.m.
Because we aren't in the path of totality and the sun will still be peaking around the moon in a "ring of fire," it will never be safe to look directly at the sun. All Seattle Public Library branches are handing out free viewing glasses on a first-come, first-served basis (you can also order glasses online. Be sure they are ISO-certified). There are also Eclipse Education sessions with Astronomer Dennis Schatz at local libraries.
More information about Seattle Public Library programs: www.spl.org/eclipse