Solar Eclipse 2017 @ PLU

On August 21st, the Moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun creating an amazing celestial display visible across the United States. Although our corner of Washington won’t experience a total solar eclipse, it will come close – about 94% of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon. We’d like to invite you to view the eclipse with us!

8:30-9:00am Eclipse Presentation – Anderson University Center, Room 201
Physics Professor Sean O’Neill will explain how and why eclipses happen. He’ll also discuss how to safely view and photograph the solar eclipse. Feel free to bring your questions! Dr. O’Neill will be with us for the whole event.

9:00am Eclipse Begins – Red Square
We’ll move outside to PLU’s Red Square where around 9:08am we’ll see the silhouette of the Moon begin to creep across the Sun. Join our faculty, staff, and students in safely viewing this amazing event and participate in activities and crafts in order to learn more about the Moon and Solar System.

We’ll provide eclipse glasses (to the first 250 people), access to our Sunspotter, our portable telescope, and Pinhole Projectors. Chairs and complimentary beverages will be available.

10:20am Maximum Eclipse
While the Sun won’t be completely blocked in our area, we will experience the maximum phase of the eclipse, with 94% of the Sun shaded by the Moon at around 10:20am. This stage will last about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

11:38am Eclipse Complete
At this point, the Moon will have crossed the Sun and the eclipse is complete. Solar Eclipse Achievement Unlocked!

Know Before You Go

Parking is free on the street and in PLU campus lots. Find parking lots on our campus map.

Tips for Photographing the Solar Eclipse – from

Smartphone Photography of the Eclipse – from

25 Things to Bring to the Eclipse – from  While we’ll have water, a sun shade, and some chairs on hand, it wouldn’t hurt to bring your own camping chair or beverage of choice.

For more eclipse information, follow PLU Physics on Facebook.

Activities @ PLU

  • decorate your own Washington State-shaped pinhole projector
  • get your face painted with a Sun, Moon, or star
  • participate in a “Total Eclipse of the Heart” sing-along with members of PLUtonic Acappella – PLU’s premier men’s a cappella group
  • explore the mysterious properties of Moon mud and Moon sand
  • visit our photo booth for a space selfie with Sun, Moon, and outer space props
  • learn about the phases of the Moon using Oreos
  • participate in NASA’s nationwide science experiment – download the GLOBE Observer app here
  • ask our expert students and professors lots of questions!

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