Spend Eclipse Monday With Bruno

(8.21) Head over to the main green at Brown University and join smart people who know how to watch an eclipse. While many of Brown’s astronomers will be heading out to prime viewing locations across the country, a group of students and staff will offer members of the public a chance to safely view the event on the University’s main green. (And yes, they have those elusive eclipse glasses. Anyone knowing a good local source of these items is invited to comment here.)

The Brown Daily Herald has a piece about the upcoming event as well as the interesting history of eclipse science at the Ladd Observatory. David Targan, associate dean of the College for science education and director of Brown’s Ladd Observatory since 1989, and physics professor Ian Dell’Antionio, will conduct the proceedings on the green Monday with help from Brown astronomy students.

“We’ll have six different telescopes and a couple hundred eclipse glasses,” Dell’Antonio said. “It’s important to stress that this is a slow-moving event and people don’t need to be here at any one particular time.”

The Moon’s traverse across the face of the sun will begin around 1:30 p.m. and end around 4 p.m. The moment of maximum obscuration will be around 2:45 p.m. The viewing event is free and open to the public, assuming acceptably clear skies.

For those who can’t make it to the green, staff members from the Ladd will be broadcasting live pictures from the rooftop of Brown’s Barus and Holley building. Go here for the Eclipse Camera.

[Update: Looks like Targan and Dell’Antonio are heading out to Wyoming for some totality. (ProJo 8.16.17)]

Also, the Science Channel starts broadcasting live at noon from Madras, Oregon, with continuing coverage all afternoon from sites across the country.

Free and open to the public, 1:30pm to 4pm, Monday, August 21, Main Green, Brown University, 75 Waterman Street, (directions)

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