The moon will eclipse the sun and tiny crescent-moon shapes will be projected onto shadowy areas under many trees on Monday, Aug. 21.
The first total solar eclipse to cross the United States since 1776 will reach its maximum at 10:32 a.m. on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz., campus and at 2:50 p.m. on the Daytona Beach, Fla., campus.
Neither campus is located within the “path of totality” – a 70-mile-wide swath in which the moon will completely block the sun – but viewers will be able to experience a significant amount of the eclipse.
“The path of totality across the country will begin along the coast of Oregon and end along the coast of South Carolina when the moon’s shadow will be moving at 1,500 miles per hour,” explained Jason Aufdenberg, associate professor of physics and astronomy on the Daytona Beach Campus. “The next total solar eclipse visible in the United States is only seven years away, on April 8, 2024.”
The university’s two residential campuses are planning numerous eclipse activities:
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NASA tips on safe viewing include information on certified safety glasses that must be worn to view the eclipse directly. The Prescott Astronomy Club also offers online safety information as well as tips to help children view the eclipse.
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