Location: 900 Yukon Drive, Reichardt Building
The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host a local Eclipse Across America event from 8-10:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, outside the Reichardt Building on the Fairbanks campus.
Optimal viewing of the partial eclipse will occur at approximately 9:21 a.m.
Graduate students from the College of Natural Science and Mathematics and the Geophysical Institute will explain the mechanics of the eclipse and help participants with viewing technology, including two telescopes equipped with solar filters and a radio telescope.
The radio telescope, which resembles a large dish, can detect signals through cloud cover. Although radio telescope images will not be as spectacular as those seen through the filtered telescopes, they will show a decrease in the sun’s intensity.
The National Park Service will be giving away free solar viewing glasses at the event. For the creatively inclined, supplies to make pinhole projectors will be available.
“It’s a slow but visceral way to be aware of the geometry of the solar system and our place on Earth within the solar system,” said event organizer and Physics Department lab manager Jeanie Talbot. “It’s like a bite is taken out of the sun and it keeps growing bigger and bigger.”
Although Fairbanks will only see a partial eclipse, a livestream from Oregon will play inside the Pearl Berry Boyd Hall, 201 Reichardt, during the dramatic moment of totality.
ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Jeanie Talbot, firstname.lastname@example.org, 907-474-7339