As you may know, the first total solar eclipse to hit the U.S. mainland since 1979 is occurring on Monday, August 21. The Moon will be passing between the Sun and Earth, blocking the light from the Sun. While the eclipse is not total in Memphis, we still will see 94% of the sun’s diameter blocked at the peak of the eclipse.
All members of the CBU community are invited to view this celestial phenomenon at our Solar Eclipse Party, hosted by the CBU chapter of the Society of Physics Students, the Student Government Association, and the Office of Student Life. We will have telescopes set up as well as a number of eclipse glasses with special filters that allow for direct viewing of the sun. (Theses filters are absolutely necessary for direct viewing of the eclipse! Ordinary sunglasses do not provide adequate protection!)
The party location is the Plough Sciences Courtyard, located between Assisi Hall and the Cooper-Wilson Center. The eclipse begins in Memphis at 11:52 a.m. with the peak at 1:22 p.m. and the end of the eclipse at 2:50 p.m. We will be out in the courtyard starting around 11:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served near the peak of the eclipse. Come out and enjoy the eclipse! You won’t get another chance to see one in Memphis until 2023!
If you’d like to read more about the eclipse visit eclipse.aas.org, hosted by the American Astronomical Society.