Solar Eclipse @ Buda Library

We have partnered with StarNet to provide Solar Eclipse glasses. The glasses will be provided only at the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party held on August 21 from 12:00-2:00 pm. They will be provided on a first come, first serve basis and are intended for those who are viewing the eclipse with us.

Celebrate at Buda Public Library

To prepare for the eclipse as well as celebrate the eclipse, the Buda Public Library will be hosting several astronomical events.

This summer....

Solar Eclipse Party

We may be seeing a partial solar eclipse but we're going to throw a totally awesome Solar Eclipse Party. Come down to the library on Monday, August 21 from 12:00-2:00 pm to celebrate the eclipse with activities, art, and stories. At 1:10 pm we will watch the Partial Solar Eclipse from the library lawn.

By Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz

What is a solar eclipse?

A total eclipse is when the sun is completely hidden by the moon causing the sky to become dark and the Sun's faint atmosphere (corona) to become visible. While the total eclipse will only be visible in a narrow track stretching across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, the rest of the United States will see a partial eclipse.  In a partial eclipse, the Moon covers only a portion of the Sun. It is still dangerous to look at a partial eclipse without protecting your eyes from the Sun's damaging rays.

How long will the total eclipse last?

The exact cosmic line up that forms a total eclipse only lasts a short time in any given location, typically a maximum of 2 minutes and 40 seconds for the 2017 eclipse. In Austin, TX, the eclipse can be seen at 1:10 pm on August 21, 2017.

Are Eclipses of the Sun Dangerous to watch?

The Sun's rays can cause serious damage to the sensitive tissues of the eyes, often without us being immediately aware of it! Due to the beauty of the eclipse, people can wind up staring at the Sun for too long. Make sure you have something to protect your eyes before the eclipse becomes total or partial.

To view the eclipse, you can wear safety glasses or create pinhole projectors to indirectly view the sun. All of our eclipse events will include safety measures for viewing.