The Willard Library
The Willard Library, located in Evansville, Indiana, was built in 1881 by William Carpenter, known locally as a pioneer of public charity. Victorian Gothic in design, the brick building stands two stories tall, with a tower and ornate window arches. Being the oldest library in the state of Indiana, it contains a treasure trove of local historical archives and genealogy materials. It also has a ghost. An apparition reportedly roams the hallways and library rooms. She became known as the Lady in Grey, since she was dressed in an 1800‚Äôs period grey dress with a matching grey shawl. First seen in the late 1930‚Äôs by a custodian, who soon quit his job in fear of seeing her again, she‚Äôs been viewed countless times since. Patrons and employees alike have witnessed water turning on and off, touches on their hair, unexplained noises, and items being moved. After numerous sightings, the library installed a series of web cams around the library, allowing viewers from around the world to search for her from the comfort of their own homes.
The results have been phenomenal. People from all around the world have captured images of the grey lady as she roams the library in the middle of the night. Some even see her during the daytime, lingering in the children‚Äôs room or browsing the titles in the library. During the mid ¬≠1970‚Äôs, when the library was under construction, the lead librarian, a woman named Margaret Maier, reported that the ghost went home with her. Her son didn‚Äôt believe her until he saw the apparition for himself. He witnessed a woman in a long grey dress climbing the staircase to the second floor in their house. When he went to investigate, she vanished before his eyes. After construction was completed, the Lady in Grey soon returned to the library. The special collections librarian also experienced the apparition. She was reading a book, while walking out of the second story staff room. As she passed a stack of books, she stopped short, catching something out of the corner of her eye. When she looked up, she found herself face to face with the ghostly figure. Who is the Lady in Grey? While nobody knows for certain, many claim she is Louise Carpenter, daughter of William Carpenter. As it turns out, Louisa might have good reason to haunt the building her father established.
All Eyes on the Sky for the August 21 Total Solar Eclipse
Just two months from now, the moon will completely block the sun‚Äôs face, treating part of the US to a total solar eclipse.
Everyone in North America will have the chance to see an eclipse of some kind if skies are clear. Anyone within a 70-mile-wide swath of land ‚ÄĒ called the path of totality ‚ÄĒ that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina will have the chance to see a total eclipse.
Throughout the rest of the continent, including all 50 United States ‚ÄĒ and even in parts of South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia ‚ÄĒ the moon will partially obscure the sun, creating a partial eclipse.
Photo credit: NASA/Cruikshank
An eclipse is one of nature‚Äôs most awesome sights, but safety comes first! When any part of the sun‚Äôs surface is exposed, use proper eclipse glasses (not sunglasses) or an indirect viewing method, like a pinhole projector. In the path of totality, it‚Äôs safe to look directly at the eclipse ONLY during the brief moments of totality.
During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow down on Earth‚Äôs surface. We‚Äôve been studying the moon with NASA‚Äôs Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and its precise mapping helped NASA build the most accurate eclipse map to date.
During a total solar eclipse, the moon blocks out the sun‚Äôs bright face, revealing the otherwise hidden solar atmosphere, called the corona. The corona is one of the sun‚Äôs most interesting regions ‚ÄĒ key to understanding the root of space weather events that shape Earth‚Äôs space environment, and mysteries such as why the sun‚Äôs atmosphere is so much hotter than its surface far below.
This is the first time in nearly 100 years that a solar eclipse has crossed the United States from coast to coast. We‚Äôre taking advantage of this long eclipse path by collecting data that‚Äôs not usually accessible ‚ÄĒ including studying the solar corona, testing new corona-observing instruments, and tracking how our planet‚Äôs atmosphere, plants, and animals respond to the sudden loss of light and heat from the sun.
We‚Äôll be studying the eclipse from the ground, from airplanes, with research balloons, and of course, from space.
Three of our sun-watchers ‚ÄĒ the Solar Dynamics Observatory, IRIS, and Hinode, a joint mission led by JAXA ‚ÄĒ will see a partial eclipse from space. Several of our Earth-observing satellites will use the eclipse to study Earth under uncommon conditions. For example, both Terra and DSCOVR, a joint mission led by NOAA, will capture images of the moon‚Äôs shadow from space. Our Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will also turn its instruments to face Earth and attempt to track the moon‚Äôs shadow as it moves across the planet.
There‚Äôs just two months to go until August 21, so make your plans now for the big day! No matter where you are, you can follow the eclipse as it crosses the country with live footage from NASA TV.
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