Derryl Barr, a former North Platte teacher and eclipse chaser, will speak at the North Platte Public Library at noon on Thursday, Feb. 23 on Eclipses Present.This is the second in a three-part series on solar eclipses leading to the total solar eclipse that will occur Aug. 21 and be observable in the North Platte area.
Attendees will receive a free pair of safety glasses to watch the eclipse.
The first part of Barr’s series, Eclipses Past, explored the myth, mystery and fear that accompanied and still accompanies the singular experience of witnessing the disappearance of the sun at mid-day.
In Eclipses Present, his focus shifts to the science and politics of the eclipse phenomenon, or how humankind not only came to understand what was happening in the heavens, but how it quickly devised means to put to use this cosmic occurrence to influence earthly events in its own favor, for both good and bad.
Through a Thrivent Action Team project, library staff member Terri Johnson gained funding for multiple solar eclipse glasses for safe viewing of the sun, and each attendee will receive a pair.
The library requests reservations for this free program by calling 308-535-8036, Ext. 3310. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Water and coffee will be provided.