Eclipse Viewing: The Eclipse at KU - A Community Event
11:30-1:30 Monday, August 21 at Shenk Sports Complex (South of Park and Ride Lot 301)
On August 21, 2017, Lawrence, Kansas, will be in the path of a solar eclipse. It’s estimated that 99.3% of the sun will be blocked. Join the KU Department of Physics and Astronomy and the KU Natural History Museum at the Shenk Sports Complex to view the eclipse and learn more about this solar phenomenon when it peaks at about 1:07 pm. Free eclipse glasses will be provided.* The family-friendly, drop-in event includes science and art activities with the Spencer Museum of Art, the KU Natural History Museum, and the Lawrence Public Library. And, of course, telescope viewing with astronomers.
At that venue, various ways to safely view the sun before, during and after the deepest part of the eclipse will be available to visitors, including safety glasses and specially designed telescopes. It is important to know that even with the sun covered more than 99%, it is NOT safe to look directly at the sun without specially designed equipment or appropriate safety glasses. The eclipse glasses we are able to provide have been provided by the American Astronomical Society and Google, the University of Kansas and the Department of Physics & Astronomy for your safe use.
What to bring:
Blanket or lawn chair
Sunscreen and a hat
Cash for the food trucks
A sense of wonder
*Remember, it’s never safe to look at the sun, even with regular sunglasses. To safely view the eclipse, you will need special eclipse glasses.
If you aren't joining us at Shenk, where can you get Eclipse Glasses on KU's Campus on Monday, August 21?
Here is the complete list of venues. Distribution is 8:30-10:30 a.m. or until they are gone!
Capitol Federal Hall
DeBruce Center/KU Info
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
KU Dining (distribution begins at breakfast and will go until all glasses are gone)
Natural History Museum
Student Affairs Welcome/Info Tables in front of Wescoe Hall and Strong Hall
SUA Info Booth at Kansas Union
Concern regarding Counterfeit Eclipse Glasses
In recent days, there has been concern over counterfeit glasses being available through various outlets. The American Astronomical Society has issued a statement regarding this problem.
You should only be able to see the sun through proper eclipse glasses. If you can see anything other than the sun, or there is a tear or scratch on the lens, or the lens is coming apart from the paper frame, throw the glasses away. They will not protect your eyes properly during the eclipse.
Astronomy Events in Our Area and Eclipse Resources
The Eclipse Celebration Event with Central Standard Live!
Thursday, August 17 - 6:30 p.m.
Pilgrim Chapel - Kansas City, Missouri
Hosted by KCUR's Gina Kaufmann
Sun stories and exlporations from historians, artists, and scientists, including Prof. Greg Rudnick
Event is Sold Out, but KCUR is keeping a wait list.
The Great American Eclipse of 2017 - Panel Presentation
Sunday, August 20 - 4:30 p.m.
Lawrence Public Library - Auditorium
Library Staff (TBD) and Prof. Bruce Twarog
Join KU Physics and Astronomy professors and LPL for a timely discussion about the science and significance of this year’s big solar eclipse.
Additional Information About the Eclipse
For authoritative eclipse times for various locations: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/Eclipse2017.php
How to make a pinhole projector: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera/
3-D print your own US- or state-shaped pinhole projector: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/3d-printable-pinhole-projectors
Viewing the eclipse with kids (from The Planetary Society): http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2017/sharing-an-eclipse-with-kids.html
Live streams of eclipse:
News Pieces/Interviews/Public Talks:
- August 17, 2017 - Lawrence Journal-World Article: "Eclispe Glasses are Hard to Find"
- August 13, 2017 - Lawrence Journal-World Article: "Solar Eclipse Guide"
- August 13, 2017 - Washington Post Article
- August 10, 2017 - KUMC Press Release
- July 26, 2017 - Q&A with Profs. Bruce Twarog and Barbara Anthony-Twarog (via KU News)
- July 19, 2017 - KU Natural History Museum's Science on Tap: "The Great American Eclipse of 2017" by Prof. Barbara Anthony-Twarog
- July 17, 2017 - KU News Release
- June 21, 2017 - NASA Press Release
- June 20, 2017 - KCUR Interview of "Umbraphile" David Barron, author of "American Eclipse" (begins at the 21:57 mark)
- June 15, 2017 - Linda Hall Library Lecture: "Total Eclipse of the Sun: A Once in a Lifetime Event" by Astronomer David H. Levy
- May 29, 2017 - Lawrence Journal-World Article: "" astronomers planning viewing of Aug. 21 near-total eclipse
- May 12, 2017 - Los Angeles Times Article
- February, 2017 - Lawrence Public Schools Video In-Service Session: "The Great American Eclipse" by Prof. Barbara Anthony-Twarog
Other Reputable/Useful Sites:
- American Astronomical Society Eclipse Viewing Guides
- Official NASA 2017 Eclipse Site
- NASA Sun-Earth Days
- American Astronomical Society
- IOP Publishing (from our friends in the United Kingdom)
Thanks and Appreciation to our Partners:
Eclipse Glasses for USD 497 (Lawrence Public Schools)
The Eclipse at KU: A Community Event