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Chester Library to present solar eclipse program

  • The Cohen Complex in Chester is an official solar eclipse viewing area.

    The Cohen Complex in Chester is an official solar eclipse viewing area.
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By Staff Report
updated: 4/20/2017 2:19 PM

Eastern Illinois University's David Linton will present a "Step-by-Step through the Coming Solar Eclipse: What to Expect and How to Prepare" program tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Chester Public Library.

This program is free and open to the public.

During the presentation, attendees will find out why it is important to make eclipse viewing plans now and hear firsthand experiences from the solar eclipse expert.

On August 21, in Chester, Linton will stand for the fourth time on the centerline of a solar eclipse.

Linton will discuss how to safely observe the eclipse, what to expect from the experience and how to assist others in understanding and enjoying this "grandest display that nature has to offer."

He will also share tips for observing with young children. Information for teachers who will be observing with their classes will also be available.

Linton has a M.S. in Astrophysics from the University of New Mexico. He has taught Astronomy in central Illinois since 1971 and was named Illinois Professor of the Year in 1988.

He has lectured on cruise ships and in planetariums, led student groups to the Rockies, to North Dakota (for the total solar eclipse of 1979), to major observatories of the Southwest, and to Mexico (to see Halley's Comet in 1986).

He also taught for a semester in Japan, rode a mule into the Grand Canyon and a camel into the Sahara Desert, visited the homes of Galileo and Einstein and hosted a Russian cosmonaut as his house guest.

He enjoys traveling with his wife of 47 years, and playing with his two grandsons. Advance registration is appreciated but not required for this event.

Visit or call 826-3711 for more information.