SDSU Department of Astronomy to host solar eclipse viewing on April 8 | News


The San Diego State University Department of Astronomy and SDSU’s Schwartz Astronomical Society invite community members to gather at the Mediterranean Garden courtyard, adjacent to the Physics/Astronomy building to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

On April 8, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m, telescopes equipped with solar filters, eclipse glasses, and solar binoculars will be available for use.

A total solar eclipse will sweep across a 100-mile wide strip of North America from Western Mexico to Newfoundland, Canada on April 8. From San Diego, a partial eclipse will be visible, with just over 50% of the sun blocked by the moon. 

In the SDSU event,  a LightSound device that converts light information into sound will be available for visually impaired participants to listen to the eclipse. Members of the astronomy department and the astronomical society will be on hand with information about eclipse science and to answer questions. 

Note that viewing the sun directly during an eclipse (or at any other time) can cause permanent eye damage and approved eclipse viewing eyewear should be worn at all times.

SDSU astronomers will also be attending the solar eclipse viewing party at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa park starting at 10 a.m. and at Encinitas Public Library from 10:30 to 12 p.m.

The next time a total solar eclipse will be visible from a large portion of North America will be on August 12, 2045.


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