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Experience this month’s solar eclipse safely

Get ready for the solar eclipse. One week before the big event, local "backyard" astronomer and instructor John Cavanagh will talk about how eclipses work and how to view them in a 6:30 p.m. program Monday, Aug. 14, at the Cloquet Public Library.

For viewing the eclipse itself, in which more than 80 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon here in Cloquet, join library officials and others on the library's south lawn beginning at noon Monday, Aug. 21. The sun will gradually darken until the peak of the eclipse shortly after 1 p.m. Eclipse glasses will be distributed at the viewing thanks to a grant from the Space Science Institute (who received funding from NASA, Research Corporation, Google, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation).

Cavanagh will discuss his own eclipse viewing experience in the path of totality in Nebraska, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at Cloquet High School Media Center ($5 Community Ed class fee, pre-registration required, 218-879-1261).