Solar Eclipse: A Spectacular Shadow

Pete Idema, eight grade earth science teacher and astronomy club mentor at Cody Middle School, will present “Solar Eclipse: A Spectacular Shadow”  on Monday, July 17 from 12-1 p.m. After Pete’s introductory video, attendees will be able to step outside and look through solar telescopes (weather permitting).

Click here to see the MegaMovie ofvthe total solar eclipse that will occur in the U.S. on Aug. 21.  The shadow of the moon will pass in a narrow band from Oregon to South Carolina during a 90 minute period.

In Cody we are outside the area that will experience the total eclipse, but with solar filtered telescopes or eclipse glasses one could enjoy a partial eclipse.

CMS has an on-campus observatory. The observatory is equipped with a 14″ Celestron telescope and several smaller telescopes, including solar telescopes.

“During our 8th grade astronomy unit, for as long as I can remember, we have been teaching about eclipses and the relative positions of the sun, earth, and moon during these events,” Pete said.

“I always have shown a map of where total eclipses could be viewed over a multi-decade and highlighted the Aug. 21, 2017 event, which always sounded so far off.  It’s hard to believe it is now almost here!”

For more information visit or contact Pete at [email protected].

Bring a lunch for this Summer Reading Lunch and Learn event. Library programs are free and open to the public.