Friday, August 11, 2017

Earl K. Long Library to Sponsor Eclipse Activities on University of New Orleans Campus

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The University of New Orleans Earl K. Long Library has announced a spate of activities surrounding the solar eclipse taking place on Monday, Aug. 21. Presentations by UNO faculty and access to NASA’s live stream are free and open to the public.

Activities at the library begin at 10:45 a.m. with NASA’s live streaming of the total eclipse. Door prizes and snacks will be available, as well as a selfie station complete with props. Math instructor Joel Webb will offer a presentation at 12:30 p.m., followed by a physics presentation from professor Greg Seab at 12:45 p.m. At 1:20 p.m., guests will be invited to move to the quad, an open space in front of the library, for a maximized view of the partial eclipse. The library will have a limited number of solar viewing glasses and pin projectors available.

Total solar eclipses visible from land in the contiguous United States are extremely rare. After Aug. 21, according to NASA, the next one won’t happen until April 8, 2024.