On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. The last time a total eclipse crossed the United States from sea to sea was June 8, 1918. The 2017 eclipse in either total or partial phase can be seen by over 500 million people in North and South America, Europe, and Africa. In the U.S., millions will gather along a tiny ribbon less than 100 miles wide to see totality, the complete blocking out of the sun by the Moon which will reveal the solar corona. The rest of entire country will be able to see a partial eclipse. It is also truly an historic event and a wonderful opportunity to view one of nature's most stunning displays. (Source: eclipse.nasa.gov)
Join us in the Heritage Lecture Room, 3rd floor Kaufman Library, on Monday, August 21 for a solar eclipse craft workshop and viewing party. The workshop will focus on making a solar eclipse viewer for watching the eclipse. We will also have 100 NASA-approved glasses for viewing as well – never stare directly into the sun unprotected! Dr. Amy Battles, Assistant Professor of Physics, will be running live viewing of the eclipse to the screens in the Heritage Room via a telescope with solar filters. Dr. Lior Burko, Associate Professor of Physics, will be on hand to give periodic updates, and Dr. Tae Song Lee, Assistant Professor of Physics, will make a short presentation at about 1:30. There will be cookies! Also, please note that the temperature will go down drastically during the eclipse, so you may want to have a sweater or light jacket available.
To see maps, resources, community activities, live coverage and more, go to NASA's 2017 Solar Eclipse website.