The Bear River Valley might not be in the direct path of the total solar eclipse coming up on Aug. 21, but that isn’t stopping local organizers from putting together a viewing party for the rare upcoming event.
The Tremonton Library will hold an eclipse viewing party from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 21 at the library, 210 N. Tremont St. The first 200 people to attend will receive a free pair of glasses designed for viewing the eclipse.
Janelle Esplin, director of children’s programming for the library, applied for and received a grant from the Space Science Institute, which is distributing more than 2 million pair of viewing glasses to thousands of libraries nationwide in advance of the eclipse.
Attendance at the library event is free, as are the glasses for as long as they last. The best time to view the eclipse in Tremonton will be right about 11:30 a.m.
“This doesn’t happen very often, so we thought 'why not do something?'” Esplin said. “Even though we’re not in the main path (of the eclipse), the view from here is still supposed to be pretty good.”
Since the Bear River Valley is not in the direct “path of totality” in which the sun will appear totally blocked out, viewers here will see a slice of the sun throughout the event. But even those in the path of totality are encouraged to wear specially made viewing glasses to avoid the risk of eye damage.
In conjunction with the eclipse viewing, the library will hold a Star Wars-themed costume contest with prizes for the winners, as well as some crafts and family activities.