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Monday, August 14, 2017

Watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse at the University of New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM

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Those looking to get the Total Eclipse experience next week will have to head to the "eclipse belt" north of New Orleans, but the city will see a partial eclipse of the sun next Monday, starting just before noon. According to NASA, the Aug. 21 eclipse is the first to sweep across the whole United States since 1918, a spectacle that will take three hours — and the last solar eclipse was in 1979.

The University of New Orleans (UNO) is all set up to be your place for #Eclipse2017, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with NASA's livestream of the sight in the Privateer Pride Room. There also will be presentations from a mathematician and a scientist (because science is both cool and interesting!) and at 1:20 p.m., attendees will go outside to view the eclipse from the UNO quad (a limited amount of solar glasses will be available — and everyone should review NASA's guide to watching an eclipse safely).

Full details of UNO's eclipse activities and viewing party under the jump. Here, have some eclipse-watching music:

What: Solar Eclipse Activities and Viewing at the University of New Orleans

When: Monday, August 21. Activities begin at 10:30 a.m., presentations start at 12:30 p.m. and viewing will take place at 1:20 p.m.

Where: Earl K. Long Library (No. 11 on the campus map). Viewing will take place in the Quad, on the Lakeside of the library.

Who: UNO astrophysicist Greg Seab and math instructor Joel Webb will give presentations about the solar eclipse prior to viewing. The event is free and open to the public.

Details: Beginning at 10:30 a.m., NASA’s livestream of the solar eclipse will be shown in the Privateer Pride Room, on the first floor of the Earl K. Long Library. There will be snacks, door prizes and a selfie station with props. The partial eclipse will start at 11:57 a.m. At 12:30 p.m. UNO math instructor Joel Webb will give a presentation on the eclipse. At 12:45 p.m., UNO professor and astrophysicist Greg Seab will give a presentation.

At 1:20 p.m., visitors will be invited to go out to the Quad to view the eclipse. The library will have a limited amount of solar viewing glasses and pin projectors available. The eclipse ends at 2:57 p.m.

Total solar eclipses visible from land in the contiguous U.S. are very rare. This is the nation’s first total solar eclipse since 1979. After Aug. 21, the next one won’t happen until April 8, 2024, according to NASA.

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