The Solar Eclipse for Procrastinors

The library gave away 650 pairs of solar glasses, but they went fast. If you don’t have your own pair, you can still enjoy the eclipse. See below for more information, and for some suggestions to help you catch up quickly on your eclipse reading.

Pinhole Projectors

It may be a little late to print a 3D pinhole projector, but there’s plenty of time to print a 2D pinhole projector from NASA

NASA printed pinhole projector
Pinhole projector image by NASA.

You can even make a pinhole projector using a cereal box, as shown below. Remember that you should never look directly at the sun through the pinhole.

Live Stream

Watch NASA TV’s Eclipse Across America on the library’s big screen on August 21 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. You’ll see a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station—each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event.

Cramming for the Eclipse

Behind on your eclipse reading? We’ve got you covered with these great digital titles.


Read the September issue of Discover magazine for a quick primer on the solar eclipse. Articles explore the history of watching and chasing eclipses, the geometry of solar eclipses, and advice for watching the eclipse cheaply and safely. You can read the issue from RBdigital (formerly Zinio) on your computer or mobile device. To get started, click “Create New Account.” 

Discover magazine


For more detailed coverage, check out the August issue of Astronomy magazine, also available through RBdigital. To check out this back issue, scroll down the Astronomy magazine page until you see Back Issues. The article “A Step-by-Step Guide to the Great American Eclipse” explains what you can expect to see at each stage of the eclipse.

Astronomy magazine


Want to explain an eclipse to your little ones? Try the hoopla eBook, What Happens During an Eclipse? If you’ve never used hoopla before, sign up to get started.

What Happens During an Eclipse book cover