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Total solar eclipse happening Monday

Pleasanton Library holding viewing event

Millions of people will have their eyes on the sky Monday as a total solar eclipse takes place.

In the Tri-Valley, residents will witness a partial solar eclipse as the moon will obscure approximately 75% of the sun at the maximum eclipse point, according to NASA.

The eclipse will start at 9:01 a.m., with the maximum eclipse anticipated at 10:16 a.m. It will be over by 11:38 a.m.

Everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse, while those in portions of 14 states including Oregon, Montana and Georgia will be able to see the moon completely block the sun.

Eclipse viewers should not look directly at the sun without appropriate eye protection. Serious eye injury can occur without special eclipse glasses or other viewing methods like a sun funnel, NASA officials say.

The Pleasanton Library, located at 400 Old Bernal Ave., will be giving out 100 pairs of eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-served basis as part of a free viewing event from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a livestream of the total eclipse with commentary from NASA officials.

For more information on the eclipse including viewing tips, visit NASA's eclipse webpage.

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Posted by yet another pleasanton resident
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm

Are there any parents who will pull out their kids from high school to travel to Oregon to watch the totality?
I want to take my son with me to Oregon, but he will miss a couple of days of school. I am wondering if the school will allow it or not.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 17, 2017 at 2:50 pm

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It won't be an excused absence. That brings its own set of problems as some teachers may allow your son to make up the work he misses, but I'm pretty certain they are not required to do so. The school can tell you for certain.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 18, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Hope they have glasses! Guess I waited too long to find any. Does anyone know where any are available? Every one is sold out!


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm

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Check in with Orchard Supply or Home Depot, or Lowes for welders lens.
They can be purchased for a few dollars up to eight dollars or so.
If you purchase welders lens they are rated with a number starting around 4 through 7 or so. You can research on line what is a good welders lens to purchase for the eclipse. Or just borrow a welders helmet for a couple of hours.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 18, 2017 at 6:01 pm

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I just received an email that Walmart may have the best price for welders lens.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

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@Patriot,

A pinhole viewer works surprisingly well.

Web Link

If you go the welding lens route, make sure it completely covers the sun, and is _at least_ shade 12 or higher.

Web Link


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 20, 2017 at 9:09 pm

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Are there birders in Pleasanton?
I am wandering how birds and other wild life react to an eclipse?


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 20, 2017 at 10:50 pm

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I think it's an awesome event, but nowhere near the hastle of traveling to Oregon with a bunch of other seekers especially when I can see it here and on tv. Nonetheless I applaud the bonding moment that I am sure will be more meaningful over time than the event itself.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2017 at 11:37 pm

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Just got back from watching the event in Ontario, OR. It was awesome. Life changing. I had seen many eclipses before, but never totality. None of the videos or images do it justice. It really has to be experienced.

I stared for a minute and a half with no glasses at the chromosphere and corona while the sun was totally covered. The view was spectacular. There was a sharp temperature drop, and ripples of shadow sped across the ground. If you can make it so see the one in 2024, I'd highly recommend it.


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