August 21 will herald the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years, and as daytime turns to night the Centre College community will turn their solar shades toward the celestial event that will span approximately three hours and peak with the visible sun surface nearly 96% covered.
The point where the sun, moon, and Earth line up most perfectly during the eclipse, the so-called “point of greatest eclipse,” is near Hopkinsville, Ky., about 200 miles west of Danville. Although campus lies just outside the total eclipse region, the partial eclipse visible here will be dramatic.
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. The academic dean’s office will have a limited number of eclipse glasses available for the campus community who will be gathering outside academic buildings.
While the eclipse will occur during a hectic time of year as faculty and staff prepare for classes to begin on Aug. 28, many on campus will take time to view this rare event.
by Cindy Long
August 10, 2017
IF YOU GO
Eclipse glasses and a few other safe methods for viewing the partial eclipse will be available in the area in front of Young Hall, weather permitting. Information about the cause, path, timing, and safe viewing methods for the 2017 eclipse across the USA is available here. In Danville the partial eclipse will begin at 1 p.m., reach its peak at 2:30 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.