University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

August 21, 2017 Eclipse in Charlottesville

August 18, 2017

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:
specifically the vendor page:

For all eclipse related information, we suggest the AAS eclipse page:

If you want to see the eclipse, we suggest visiting one of the following viewing events in Charlottesville:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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, the Exploratorium's at

Best wishes for clear weather Monday afternoon, wherever you are!

Solar and Lunar Eclipse