Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug 21

Solar Eclipse
Monday, August 21, 2017
Professor Tammy Smecker-Hane

Residents of the Northern Hemisphere will be treated to a solar eclipse on Monday, Aug 21, 2017. From Irvine, the eclipse begins a little after 9:00am and lasts until just before 12:00 noon, and during the eclipse, the Moon will shadow the Sun and, at maximum, occult about 60% of the face of the Sun. If you happen to be up north in a narrow slide of Oregon, you'll see a total solar eclipse. The Astronomy Outreach Team will be up at the UC Yosemite Field Station, hosting a public viewing of eclipse where they'll see 75% coverage. If you fancy a road trip, come and join us!

If you want to find a public event for eclipse watching near you, see NASA's General List of Eclipse Events.

You don't need a telescope to view the eclipse, but you will need to protect your eyes when you watch it. Never look directly at the Sun, even during an eclipse, for any length of time because it can permanently damage your eye sight! Either buy set of eclipse glasses from a vendor like American Paper Optics, or make a pinhole camera. Be sure to stay safe while enjoying the magesty of the heavens!

For more information on the solar eclipse, visit NASA's website: for a whole host of useful information and links for streaming video coverage of the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse