Be a part of history at IU Southeast solar eclipse watch party

21st August 2017

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming response to this viewing party, a limited number of ISO certified solar eclipse glasses will be available at McCullough Plaza beginning at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Because the demand of these glasses is exceeding the supply available, we strongly encourage sharing glasses with fellow students, faculty and staff to ensure everyone has the opportunity to view this phenomenon.

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Watch the moon throw some serious shade at the earth during a watch party at Indiana University Southeast.

As part of Week of Welcome activities for new and returning students, the IU Southeast School of Natural Sciences and the Campus Activities Board are hosting a Throwing Shade – Solar Eclipse 2017 watch party throughout the duration of the eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, at McCullough Plaza on campus.

The eclipse will last from 12:59 to 3:51 p.m. with 96 percent totality expected at 2:27 p.m.

On Aug. 21, natural sciences staff and faculty will hand out free solar eclipse viewing glasses, moon pies and informational pamphlets about the eclipse while supplies last. Visitors can take pictures in an eclipse-themed photo booth, and NASA videos will stream on a monitor inside the natural sciences tent.

Don’t have glasses? Here are some alternatives

Whatever you do, don’t stare directly at the sun. Those without access to viewing glasses still have a number of ways to view the eclipse safely:

  • Look at the shadows of a leafy tree to see hundreds of eclipse visualizations during the partial phases of the eclipse.
  • Create your own pinhole viewer using two thin sheets of white cardboard. Punch a small pinhole in one piece of cardboard and let the sunlight fall through onto the second piece of cardboard held below it. An inverted image of the sun is formed.
  • Create a more advanced eclipse viewer with a shoebox using this guide from

Watching the eclipse? Be prepared.


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