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UVI hosts eclipse viewing event 1 – 5 pm

UVI is designated as the only Official NASA Viewing Location for the eclipse in the Caribbean!

UVI’s Etelman Observatory and UVI’s Physics program students and faculty will host an eclipse-viewing event on August 21st from 1p-5p at UVI’s Sports and Fitness Center. Telescopes will be set up in the UVI soccer field (behind the Sports and Fitness Center) and UVI Physics and Astronomy faculty and students will be on-hand with proper eye-protection to make viewing the eclipse a safe and exciting experience for all. We will have a limited supply of solar-eclipse glasses as well as special solar-telescopes (designed for viewing the Sun safely) and other telescopes equipped with special protective filters to allow safe viewing of the Sun. They will demonstrate the use of pinhole cameras and telescope-projection techniques for viewing the eclipse indirectly (by casting an image of the Sun on a screen rather than viewing it directly with your eye). Members of the Etelman Observatory Solar Physics research team and UVI physics students will be on location at the path of totality in Charleston, South Carolina. These researchers will live-stream video of the moment of total-eclipse from Charleston (2:47 pm). Visitors to UVI will be able to watch the total eclipse by video on a large-screen set up in the UVI Sports and Fitness Center (weather permitting in Charleston, SC). 

In St. Thomas, the eclipse will begin at 2:14p, when the Moon will just begin to block out the edge of the Sun. The eclipse will reach its maximum in the USVI (when about 90% of the Sun will be blocked out) at 3:36p, and from that point, the Sun will become less and less obscured until the Moon completely unblocks the Sun, at 4:47p. 

If you have any questions or would like further information about participating in this exciting event at UVI on August 21st, please contact Professor David Morris of the UVI physics program and Etelman Observatory (dmorris@uvi.edu). Also, please visit NASA’s Official Eclipse Viewing Location Map for more information about this event and others taking place around the country: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/2017_solar_eclipse_nasa_official_viewing_locations.ht