The Oak Ridge Public Library will give out 500 pairs of eclipse glasses to library patrons on Monday, August 14. The glasses will be given out while supplies last, the library staff said. A valid library card or photo identification must be shown, and there is a limit of one pair of glasses per library account, the library staff said.
The solar eclipse is August 21. Oak Ridge is one of the few cities in the path of totality in Tennessee. It is estimated that the total solar eclipse in Oak Ridge will last 27 to 31 seconds at approximately 2:33 p.m. EDT August 21.
It’s the first solar eclipse over the continental United States since 1979. There are viewing sites in Oak Ridge, including the American Museum of Science and Energy, East Tennessee Technology Park, and University of Tennessee Arboretum. The National Park Service will distribute free eclipse glasses and free eclipse viewers at two of those viewing sites. Oak Ridge Schools is also making special arrangements, transporting students and providing eclipse glasses for the eclipse.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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