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Solar Eclipse 2017

August 17, 2017

On Monday, Aug. 21, Indiana State University’s campus will celebrate one of nature’s most incredible visual spectacles: a near-total eclipse of the sun. The campus and community are invited to take part in the following events:

Noon- 3 p.m. - Join students and staff for a viewing event with certified safety glasses provided while supplies last at Dede Plaza.

The rain location is Science Building, room 138, where the total eclipse will be live-streamed. 

Noon – Pizza (first come, first served) courtesy of the University College.

12:30 p.m. - A brief overview of the what, where and how eclipses happen is set to take place at Dede Plaza. The overview is presented by Joseph West, associate professor of physics. The rain location is Science Building, room 138. 

12:45 p.m. - A presentation on the importance of the eclipse from Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The storyline will be summarized and feature an eclipse as a prominent plot point. There will be a discussion on Twain's take on the ignorance of science leading people to chalk up such events to magic by Keith Byerman, professor of English. The location for the presentation will be in the Science Building, room 138.

1 p.m. - The view of the sun will begin to be obscured by the shadow of the moon. Two telescopes will be set up at Dede Plaza with appropriate filters for viewing the eclipse safely. The telescopes will remain up until 3 p.m.

1 p.m. – An account of one reaction to an eclipse from the crusades will be read by Steven Stofferahn, associate professor of history.

1:15 p.m. – A talk on issues of religion and spirituality, gender and sexuality and science, and the history of beliefs around eclipse and other “heavenly” phenomenon by Amanda Hobson, assistant dean of students and director of the Women’s Resource Center.

The maximum eclipse will appear at 2:23 p.m. with 94.2 percent of the sun being covered in Terre Haute.

2:30 p.m. - College receptions begin promptly and incoming students are required to attend. Many departments will have department-specific events following the receptions.

The solar eclipse will be completely over by 3:47 p.m. in Terre Haute.


Safety notice:

Eclipses are impressive to view, but please be safe. It is never safe to look directly at the sun; doing so can permanently damage your vision without you experiencing pain. Only look at the sun using appropriate solar viewing safety such as eclipse glasses, solar viewers, or pinhole projection techniques.

Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Always supervise children using solar filters.

Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.

Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. 

Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device. 

Follow NASA’s livestream from several locations throughout the day.

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