Solar Eclipse Event Planned at SU

Tips for the Upcoming Astronomical Event

For the first time in forty years, Central NY will witness part of a solar eclipse. On Monday, August 21, peaking around 2:38, the sun will be as much as 60% obscured by the moon, resulting in a “crescent sun.”


Of course, just about everyone is excited to have a look at the event, the first of its kind here in decades. However, there are a few things you need to know in order to safely enjoy the natural phenomenon.


First and foremost, looking directly at the sun can cause real damage, even blindness, and the risk is even higher during an eclipse, when the eyes are adjusted to the darkness. In order to safely watch the eclipse, you’ll need a pair of solar eclipse glasses. Also, be aware that the sun can damage the sensor on your iPhone, so taking pictures with your phone is not recommended.


Syracuse University will host their own viewing party from 11am to 2pm, in the Stolkin Auditorium. Simply show up and enjoy.

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