The upcoming solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that, according to the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL), provides an excellent opportunity for skywatchers and astronomy enthusiasts to witness the beauty and wonder of our universe. That opportunity is coming soon, with a solar eclipse crossing North, Central and South America on October 14.
According to a release from the library, to enhance the experience, KFPL will host Queen’s University and The McDonald Institute for Standing in the Shadow of the Moon, an exploration of the history and mechanics of eclipses.
Professors Daryn Lehoux and Sarah Sadavoy will explore the significance of this natural wonder, offering attendees an understanding of the influence of eclipses on culture and belief systems, as well as the physical circumstances that make eclipses possible, the library noted.
“Celestial events like the upcoming solar eclipse are not just mysteries to behold; they’re opportunities to demystify the cosmos and deepen our understanding of the universe and human behaviour,” said Jake Miller, Librarian, Adult Programming. “This cosmic exploration, guided by the expertise of Professors Lehoux and Sadavoy, bridges the gap between the marvels of the universe and our shared human experience.”
This event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Isabel Turner Branch. Register at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/9008386.
For aspiring young astronomers, ages 6 to 12, KFPL is also offering an opportunity to create solar eclipse projectors in partnership with Queen’s, to support safe viewing. This program will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Calvin Park Branch, with registration opening on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023 at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/8965335.