Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Watch Partial Solar Eclipse This Thursday at Fernbank Science Center

On Thursday October 23rd, the Moon will move in front of the Sun, partially blocking our nearby star in what astronomers call a solar eclipse.  The event will be visible in Atlanta very late in the afternoon, from 6:01 p.m. until sunset at 6:52 p.m., with approximately 25 percent of the Sun covered by the Moon.  From the Fernbank Observatory, the Sun will only be about ten degrees above the western horizon at the start of the eclipse.  Please note that we will lose the setting Sun in the western tree-line prior to actual sunset.

Astronomers at Fernbank Science Center will host activities in concert with the solar eclipse, including a special planetarium program, an observatory open house (weather permitting), and a live web-based broadcast from the Griffith Observatory on the west coast.  Please see the schedule below for complete details:
Solar Eclipse Planetarium Program:    5:30 – 6:00 p.m. - Free
Solar Eclipse Telescope Viewing:        6:00 – 6:30 p.m.- Free 
Live Remote Eclipse Coverage:           6:30 – 7:00 p.m. - Free
 “Black Holes” Planetarium Program:   7:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Chasing the Ghost Particle” Planetarium Program: 8:00 – 8:45 p.m.
Evening Observatory Open House:     8:45 – 10:30 p.m.

Remember that directly viewing a partial eclipse of the Sun can cause permanent eye damage.  Never look directly at the Sun!  Astronomers at Fernbank Science Center will utilize safe ways to view the event, including solar filters and other techniques to safely project the image of the partially eclipsed Sun.

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