Georgia Tech is Ready for the Solar Eclipse. Are you?

Georgia Tech is Ready for the Solar Eclipse. Are you?

A mini-exhibit that celebrates the Aug. 21 solar eclipse was installed in the  Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons on Aug. 1 and will be up until Aug. 31.

Designed to excite the community’s curiosity about the rare solar spectacle, the exhibit looks at past eclipses from science and pop culture perspectives. It displays the path totality of the eclipse, which will darken skies to varying degrees from coast to coast over a three-hour period on Aug. 21.

The Georgia Tech campus and the rest of Atlanta will experience 97% totality. The moon will begin to cover the sun at 1:06 p.m. Maximum overlap will occur at 2:37 p.m. The sun will reappear completely at 4:02 p.m.

It is important that earthlings not stare directly at the eclipse during this period of time.

The College of Sciences and the Office of Undergraduate Education have procured solar-eclipse glasses that will be distributed on campus  the day of the eclipse. The CoS and OUE have also organized activities to enable the Georgia Tech community to experience the eclipse safely.

 To ensure your safety when viewing the sun:

  • Never look at the sun without special eye protection. Direct viewing can cause permanent eye damage.
  • Inspect solar-eclipse glasses before use. Discard if shade is torn, punctured, or in any way separated from the frame.
  • Do not use with binoculars, telescopes, or cameras.
  • Do not use continuously for more than 3 minutes.
  • While using the solar-eclipse glasses, do not move around, drive a motor vehicle, or operate machinery.
  • Do not use solar-eclipse glasses with a diseased eye or after eye surgery.
  • Refer to solar-eclipse glasses for more information.

From 1 to 4 p.m., by Kessler Campanile, you can

  • Watch livestream from the Georgia Tech Observatory
  • Take an auditory journey of the solar system
  • View the eclipse using pinhole cameras, eye-safe telescopes, and shoebox projectors
  • Monitor changes in temperature and visibility
  • Learn about eclipse-enabled research at Tech
  • Enjoy astronomy-themed music and snacks

The mini-exhibit was designed and installed by Kirk Henderson, exhibits program manager at the Georgia Tech Library. Supporting his efforts were James Sowell, director of the Georgia Tech Observatory, and both Renay San Miguel and A. Maureen Rouhi of the College of Sciences Communications Office.

The College of Sciences and the Office of Undergraduate Education acknowledge the assistance and participation of the following in organizing eclipse-related activities at Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech Observatory, Georgia Tech Library, School of Physics, School of Aerospace Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Interactive Computing, School of Psychology, School of Music, Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, the Georgia Space Grant Consortium, the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, and Institute Communications.

For more information, visit the Georgia Tech eclipse website.

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