On Monday, August 21, 2017, North America will experience a fabulous eclipse of the Sun. Stretching from Oregon, across the United States to South Carolina, the Moon will fully eclipse the Sun. Outside of that path, observers will see a partial solar eclipse. This is the first Total Solar Eclipse to shine on the entire United States since June 1918 and Frosty Drew Observatory will be open all day celebrating this spectacular event!
Starting at 10:00 a.m. the Frosty Drew campus will be buzzing with solar activity. Solar telescopes in both white light and hydrogen alpha will be setup for observers to catch a view of the solar photosphere and chromosphere, including views of sunspots, prominence, and filaments on the Sun. We will have solar projectors setup showcasing projected views of the Sun as well as eclipse shades on hand for safe observing of the solar photosphere. The Solar Eclipse starts at 1:30 p.m. and will continue until 4:00 p.m. with maximum eclipse occurring at 2:47 p.m. when the Moon eclipses 65.98% of the Sun. Unfortunately, Frosty Drew Observatory is not along the path of total eclipse. We will experience a partial solar eclipse.
This is a fantastic event that is certainly not to be missed! So call in that vacation day and set your sights to Frosty Drew Observatory for a fabulous summer day under a solar eclipse and become acquainted with that astro geek just waiting to break free.