The first total solar eclipse on the mainland of the United States since 1979 will occur across 14 states on Aug. 21, and it will be the first total solar eclipse to cross North Carolina in more than a century. Greensboro is not on the total eclipse path, but the sun will have 93.76 percent obscurity at 2:42 p.m., leaving UNCG in near darkness for several minutes.
“It will be a kind of twilight,” explained UNCG astronomy professor Dr. Anatoly Miroshnichenko.
The eclipse-viewing event will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at the intersection of College Avenue and the Petty Science Bridge, adjacent to the dining hall tunnel. The moon’s movement over the sun will begin at 1:13 p.m. and conclude at 4:04 p.m.
Attendees can enjoy an assortment of space-themed treats such as Moon Pies and Starburst candy. There will also be a drawing for a Moon Pie t-shirt. Additional activity stations include a telescope arts and crafts area and a display of solar eclipse information featuring optimal viewing locations across the United States, historical contexts of eclipses and a description of the science behind solar eclipses.
Students will also have a chance to become acquainted with UNCG’s course offerings in Astronomy and Physics, the Petty Science Building and the locations of the UNCG planetarium and Three College Observatory.
The event is sponsored by UNCG’s North and South Spencer residence halls. For more information on the campus eclipse observation, contact Ian Aitken at 336.334.4172 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photo courtesy NASA.
Updated Aug. 16, 2017 – eclipse glasses are in very limited supply. Instructions on how to make a pinhole viewer may be seen here.
More information about the eclipse is here.