Update August 17, 2017: The solar shades that the Health Sciences Library made available were purchased from Amazon. Today Amazon notified the Health Sciences Library that “Amazon has not received confirmation from the supplier of your order that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer. We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse.”
If you have a pair of the solar shades that the library made available, please be aware of this information. An additional source of information to evaluate the safety of solar shades is available from the American Astronomical Society.
Update August 16, 2017: All of the solar shades have been distributed! The library attempted to order more but was unsuccessful. A few public libraries will be passing out free solar shades:
- Arapahoe Public Libraries – available at opening on Saturday, August 19th.
- Anything Libraries – available at their viewing party event Monday, August 21st from 10 am – 1 pm at the York St location.
- Douglas County Libraries – available at 10:00 am on Monday, August 21st.
- Broomfield Public Library – available at their viewing event on Monday, August 21st.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Sciences will have shades available at their viewing party on Monday, August 21st. Their gift shop had been selling solar shades but has now announced they are sold out and will not be receiving more.
On August 21, 2017 a solar eclipse will be visible in the continental United States. In Denver, it will not be a total eclipse but it will be close! Almost 93% of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon.
The Health Sciences Library will be celebrating this unique event by distributing free solar shades that are ISO 12312-2 certified. It is important to use safe viewing strategies during the partial eclipse because it is dangerous to look at the sun without protecting your eyes. Sunglasses are not sufficient to protect your eyes.
Stop by the Health Sciences Library lobby to pick up your solar shades. The partial eclipse will last from 10:23 am – 1:14 pm, with the 93% eclipse occurring at 11:47 am.