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Solar Eclipse 101: Local kids learn more about the exciting event

WSBT 22

We're two weeks away from a solar eclipse our area. Before the big event on August 21, some Elkhart kids are learning more about the rare event.

Around 30 kids showed up at the Elkhart Public Library.

Some kids knew a little before attending, while others were hearing about this for the first time.

"That's one of our missions as a library is to educate and inform. We think that this is an event is going to be causing a lot of excitement in the community. We're excited to be a part of it. And to make sure everybody knows about safety,” said Allison McLean with the Elkhart Public Library.

The library brought someone from the Michiana Astronomical Society to teach the kids how an eclipse works, along with providing hands-on activities.

11-year-old Logan Johnson says he's learned a lot.

"The one thing you can do is you can see the sun reflect through this little pen hole you can make into a paper plate,” he said. “They can see the solar eclipse through it. You have to have your back against the sun because it's the only way for it to work."

Logan's dad, Chad Johnson, says it's great to see the local library offer this to kids.

"It opens them up to learning more things to keep them interested,” Johnson said. “Keeping their minds opened to learning basically."

He says he wanted to see if his son would share his passion.

“I've always been fascinated with space and astronomy myself so I figured I bring my son here to learn more about space too. And this coming eclipse is very interesting too so it happens very rarely,” Johnson said.

Each kid was given their own solar eclipse pair of glasses and case.

On August 21, our area will only see a partial eclipse. About 80-percent of the sun will be covered.

If you miss it this time around you'll have to wait another seven years.

That's when our area will see another solar eclipse. The sun during that eclipse is expected be 97 percent covered.

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