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Partial solar eclipse

This photo is from a 90 percent solar eclipse. In the Central Valley, we can expect the moon to obscure approximately 76 percent of the sun on Aug. 21.

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Visit WPC lawn for Great American Eclipse

Aug 8, 2017

Students, faculty and staff on the Stockton campus who can't get away to chase the Great American Eclipse from Oregon to the Carolinas can still get a glimpse of the celestial event on Aug. 21.

Shawn Kerns, technology support provider and systems administrator for the School of Engineering and Computer Science, and Jeremy Hanlon, innovation spaces coordinator for the University Library, are planning to set up their personal telescopes on the lawn area just north of the Wendell Phillips Center so others may view the eclipse.

Kerns, who has been looking skyward for the past 14 years or so, and Hanlon, a relative newcomer to astronomy, can provide insight on the solar eclipse.

The prime time for protected viewing will be 9:30-10:30 a.m., with the peak at 10:17 a.m. In the Central Valley, we can expect to see about a 76 percent totality. More information on the eclipse and what you'll see in your ZIP code is available in the interactive article "A solar eclipse is coming to America. Here's what you'll see where you live."

It's extremely important not to look directly at the eclipse, and there will be a limited number of eclipse glasses on hand during the on-campus viewing. NASA earlier this month offered safety tips for viewing the solar eclipse.

For Pacificans fortunate enough to be traveling to see the Great American Eclipse in its totality, please share your social media posts (and photos) by using #UOPacific and #Eclipse2017. A group of Pacific faculty and students will be traveling to Madras, Oregon, for a view of the total eclipse. Read more. 

people wearing solar glasses
Above: OLLI members view the sun wearing eclipse glasses following a July presentation on summer star gazing.

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