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View the Partial Solar Eclipse at Pop-Up Observatory on the U of C Campus

August 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm MDT

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be able to see the moon block out most of our view of the sun in a partial solar eclipse. Join us on the University of Calgary campus, where the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO) will have a pop-up observatory dedicated to observing this amazing celestial event.

The pop-up observatory will be equipped with solar telescopes and a limited amount of eclipse glasses to safely view the eclipse.  Visitors will find the pop-up observatory in the courtyard on the south side of the Engineering Complex (Area 20) near the Taylor Institute.  A remote viewing of the total eclipse as it unfolds across the Continental United States will be streamed via the internet, indoors, in Engineering Building A, Room 101.

A solar eclipse is when the apparent view of the Sun and Moon meet in the sky. The moon appears to cover our view of the sun and in Calgary 80 percent of the sun will be covered.

Safety Advisory: looking directly at the Sun is not safe without special filters. These filters are installed on telescopes, solar binoculars and also in eclipse glasses. It is unsafe to look at the partial eclipse through unfiltered glasses, cameras, telescopes, binoculars or any other optical device. A limited number of eclipse glasses for safe viewing will be provided on-site on a first-come first-served basis.

What:    Public daytime observing & viewing of partial solar eclipse through RAO telescopes

Who:      University of Calgary, Physics and Astronomy faculty and students

Where:  University of Calgary, Area 20, ENA 101

When:  Drop in Monday August 21 between 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Cost:      Donation to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory’s educational programming.


August 21, 2017
10:00 am - 12:30 pm MDT
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