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Go: Eclipse Options Abound Aug. 21

Eclipse

For the first time in nearly 40 years, our country will be in the path of a total solar eclipse.  August 21 at 2:35 p.m. will be one of the biggest stellar shows most of us will ever see. UGA and several Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites are directly in the path.

UGA locations that will host viewing parties include the Botanical Garden and Sanford Stadium.

Sanford Stadium will be open to the public for the viewing of the total solar eclipse on August 21. The stadium will be open from 1-4 p.m. for the viewing. Peak darkness will occur at 2:38 p.m.

The first 5,000 in attendance at Sanford Stadium will receive free custom Georgia viewing glasses to watch the eclipse. Views from around the world of the solar eclipse will be featured on the stadium’s video board.

The University of Georgia’s geography, atmospheric sciences, physics and astronomy, and education faculty also have planned “learning activities” and “special guests” for the event.

The August 21 solar eclipse will begin its path of totality – a 70-mile wide area in which the sun will be completely blocked from viewing by the moon – on United States soil in Salem, Oregon before heading diagonally across the country where it will end its viewing from land in Charleston, South Carolina. From start to finish, the eclipse will begin in the Pacific Ocean and end in the Atlantic Ocean.

Great stuff – science plus the largest stadium in the state equals an experience to remember. Kudos to professor John Knox and colleagues in the atmospheric sciences program and the department of geography for spearheading this wonderful opportunity.

Join others at the State Botanical Garden as the sun, moon and earth align. They will have a supply of viewing glasses, plus snacks, beverages, live music, and games inside the air-conditioned conservatory. Registration is required.

Georgia State Park locations that have special viewing activities planned include Tallulah Gorge State Park, Vogel State Park, Richard B. Russell State Park, Smithgall Woods State Park, Ft. King Georgia State Historic Site and Ft. McAllister State Park. Visit http://gastateparks.org/Eclipse2017 for more details.