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Total Eclipse Watch Party 8/21/17

Join us for a Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Topeka Metro on Monday, August 21st, 2017!  We will have an area set up on the west side of Quincy Street Station for our passengers to view the solar eclipse!

Topeka Metro has partnered with The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library for this event.  Viewing glasses are provided by Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library through a StarNet grant.  A valid bus pass is required to obtain a pair of eclipse glasses.  We will hand out viewing glasses to passengers right before the eclipse, and ask that people share if possible in order to give everyone an opportunity to view this very special event. We will have a very limited supply, so it will be one per person and first come, first served. If you are a family, one pair of glasses will be distributed per family.  Topeka Metro is NOT a distribution location for glasses–they are intended for our passengers only for the watch party event.

This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity for some! The path of totality begins on the west coast around mid-morning and leaves the east coast more than three hours later. Although Topeka is slightly off the path, it is very close. Topeka will only be 99% totality, so it is dangerous to view the eclipse without approved eclipse eyewear. We strongly encourage passengers to make sure they do not look directly at the eclipse without proper protection that day.

EYE HEALTH NOTE:  It is important to note that the only time that the sun can be viewed safely with the naked eye is during a total eclipse, when the moon completely covers the disk of the sun. It is never safe to look at a partial or annular eclipse, or the partial phases of a total solar eclipse, without the proper equipment and techniques. Even when 99% of the sun’s surface is obscured during the partial phases of a solar eclipse, the remaining crescent sun is still intense enough to cause a retinal burn, even though illumination levels are comparable to twilight. Failure to use proper observing methods may result in permanent eye damage or severe visual loss.

We hope to see our passengers at the bus station on August 21st  for the Topeka Metro Solar Eclipse Watch Party!