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Nampa Public Library plans eclipse viewing party

Graphic courtesy NASA

If you don't want to get in the traffic jams going to and from locations within the solar eclipse's "path of totality," but still want to see most of the show, the Nampa Public Library is hosting a watch party.

Starting at 10:00 a.m. on August 21st, staff will hand out 1,000 free eclipse viewing glasses in the library's multipurpose room. The glasses will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once you've got your eclipse glasses in hand, you'll be invited to join other eclipse watchers on the roof of the adjacent parking garage to view the event. The Nampa Development Corporation is waiving parking fees on the day of the event.

Eclipse watchers are encouraged to bring with them camping chairs or a blanket. There will also be "celestial music" playing during the viewing of the eclipse.

The eclipse will begin at 10:16 a.m. and peak at 11:26 a.m. Although Nampa is outside the path of the total eclipse, viewer should still see the moon obscure roughly 99% of the sun.

After the eclipse, viewers are invited back to the multipurpose room to learn about eclipses through the ages. Solar crafts and snacks will also be available.

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