On Monday, August 21, 2017 residents of Central Virginia will be able to view the partial phases of the total solar eclipse crossing the United States.
Circumstances for Charlottesville:
- Start of Partial Phases - 01:15:13 p.m. EDT
- Maximum Eclipse - 02:41:33 p.m. EDT
- End of Partial Phases - 04:01:47 p.m. EDT
The Astronomy Department does not have any eclipse glasses left. We do not know of any retailers in Charlottesville that still have them in stock. For a list of chain stores that have pledged to only sell ones from reputable vendors, please see the AAS (American Astronomical Society) page on eclipse safety: https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety
specifically the vendor page: https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters
For all eclipse related information, we suggest the AAS eclipse page: https://eclipse.aas.org
If you want to see the eclipse, we suggest visiting one of the following viewing events in Charlottesville:
- The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will be holding a viewing party at the Central Library, 201 E. Market Street, starting at 1:30 p.m. They will be giving away eclipse glasses at the Library and you can stroll over to Emancipation Park to view the eclipse.
- The UVA Libraries will be loaning glasses at various libraries around Grounds, and will have a Sunspotter projection telescope and glasses at the "Ask a Librarian!" event outside Alderman Library. http://news.library.virginia.edu/2017/08/11/watch-the-eclipse-on-821-with-free-glasses-from-the-library/
- The Society of Physics Students and the Astronomy Club will be holding a viewing event on the North Lawn from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. They will have an H-alpha telescope and a projection telescope to view the Sun in addition to eclipse viewing glasses.
- Finally, the eclipse will be televised. Both NASA and the Exploratorium will host live stream video of the eclipse. NASA's footage will be available at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream, the Exploratorium's at https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse
Best wishes for clear weather Monday afternoon, wherever you are!