An educated eye

Library presentation to feature famed astronomer

TORRINGTON – As Aug. 21 draws nearer, the buzz surrounding the total solar eclipse gets louder. But when the skies darken, will we know enough to truly appreciate what we’re seeing?
The Goshen County Library Foundation and Goshen County Economic Development Corporation are offering everyone a chance to learn more about the eclipse and other celestial events by sponsoring a free, informational presentation Wednesday, Aug. 16, featuring famed astronomer
Kevin Manning.
“It’s a whole program (with visuals) and lots of information,” Goshen County Library Director Joan Brinkley said. “There will also be a question-and-answer
Manning has worked as a consultant for NASA, and “founded ‘Look Up to the Stars’ with a mission to generate interest and foster scientific literacy nationwide through the delivery of awe-inspiring, educational and entertaining programs”, according to his website (
“Besides the fact we have this monumentally awesome event coming right to our door, people from all over are going to be coming to our community, asking questions and looking to locals for answers,” Brinkley said. “Also, aside from just knowing what we’re looking at, the library is really working on offering STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) projects for the kids. This is definitely science-related, and who doesn’t
love science?”
The all-ages event, “The Universe and the All American Total Solar Eclipse”, will take place at the Goshen County Fairgrounds’ Rendezvous Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. Brinkley said she expects it to last approximately an hour-and-a-half.
“We will also have viewing glasses to give away, and we will be selling children’s books about the eclipse for a fundraiser,” she said. “We are really hoping for a good turnout. It’s important people understand what happens in the sky.”

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