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KENT—A total eclipse of the sun in the contiguous United States won’t happen again for 20 years, so the April 8 eclipse will be an exciting event. The eclipse will be noticeable to some degree in all 48 states. Even in Kent, which lies outside the path of totality, the sun will be 92 percent obscured for several minutes in the afternoon. 

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. 

Young people are encouraged to come to the Kent Memorial Library’s Junior Room, 32 Main St., April 3 at 3:30 p.m. to learn about eclipses and make a viewer so they can safely see the moon pass over the sun. Except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse, it is not safe to look directly at the sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. 

Children of all ages are welcome. Registration is appreciated so the library can have enough materials. Call 860-927-3761or email the Junior Room to register.

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