A new book about the wonders of the Milky Way galaxy has been given to the UBC Library Media Center. The Secret Galaxy, by Fran Hodgkins (author) and Mike Taylor (photographs), casts the Milky Way galaxy itself in the role of narrator. The voice of the galaxy is shown against beautiful night sky photography. NASA satellite images and sidebars provide facts and insights about our galaxy and the universe. The Secret Galaxy combines a read-aloud bedtime story with accessible, scientifically accurate information. Find The Secret Galaxy on display or in the Children’s section of the UBC Library Media Center.

A solar eclipse is coming to North America next year! On August 21, 2017, just less than a year from now, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. The path of the total eclipse will be a 70-mile wide area from the Pacific Northwest to South Carolina. Prime viewing in the eastern U.S. will include most of South Carolina, central Tennessee, and part of Georgia. Viewers in our area will experience a partial eclipse, about 80%, beginning at 12 noon and ending at 3 pm. (Map from the NASA Eclipse Web Site: eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov)