Department of Astronomy & Physics

Aug 21 2017 solar eclipse viewing

There will be a partial solar eclipse with about 50% coverage at maximum around 4:00pm as viewed from Halifax on Monday 21 August.  Public vieweing with safe eclipse glasses and portable telescopes equipped with safe solar filters will be set up near the Burke Building near the corner of Inglis St. and Robie St. on the Saint Mary's campus starting around 2:30.  The eclipse begins around 2:45pm.  One telescope will be equipped with a special "Halpha" filter that provides an especially impressive view of the Sun's chromospheric activity.  

NOTE: Event depends on sky being reasonably unclouded.  

WARNING: Do NOT look at the Sun without the proper protective eye-wear or an instrument with the proper filter!

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