Iola library to host eclipse viewing

Stargazers will get quite a daytime show Saturday morning, when the Iola Public Library hosts a solar eclipse watch party. The partial eclipse begins at 10:20 a.m., reaches magnitude at 11:45, with roughly three-quartes of the sun blocked by the moon.

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October 9, 2023 - 2:32 PM

Darrin Daugherty, right, new tech consultant for SEK libraries, shows off the new scope that is mounted on a tripod for viewing. Courtesy photo

The Iola Public Library will host a solar eclipse event on the front lawn Saturday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. The partial eclipse begins here at 10:20 a.m. and reaches magnitude at 11:45 a.m. when approximately 75% of the sun will be obscured by the moon.

For the first time, the public will be able to look directly at the sun and follow the moon’s progress through a new sunscope — a telescope with special filters — recently acquired by the Southeast Kansas Library System. Iola will be the first library to use it.

Stan Grigsby, retired Iola physicist and amateur astronomer, will be on hand to explain it all and help ensure a safe sky-watch. Free safety glasses will also be available.