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Grove City College hosts eclipse viewing party

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GROVE CITY, Pa. -

Grove City College's Physics Department is hosting a viewing party that will allow viewers to watch the eclipse safely and have a good time. 

Telescopes and free eclipse viewing glasses will be available.

The college's resident astronomer, Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. James L. Clem, will be at the viewing party. 

The viewing is from noon to 5 pm on Monday, August 21 between Harbison Chapel and Crawford Hall, on the College Quad.

"A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun. While a full solar eclipse will visible across a narrow swath of the continental United States known as the path of totality, which runs from Oregon to South Carolina, Grove City will experience a partial eclipse," Clem explained.

The partial eclipse begins at 1:10 pm, it will reach its apex at 2:34 pm and end at 3:53 pm, he said.

"In a total solar eclipse, the moon covers the entire sun and only a ring of light, the corona, is visible. Here, we will see a 79 percent obscuration. In other words, 79 percent of the sun's cross section will be eclipsed," noted Clem.

It's important to be careful when viewing a solar eclipse.

Looking directly at the sun, even at 79 percent obscuration, can lead to serious eye injury. The only safe way to look at the eclipse is through a light-filtering telescope, eclipse viewing glasses or projection through a camera. 

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the contiguous United States was in 1979 and the next will be on April 8, 2024.

Public parking for the viewing party is available in the college's guest parking lot at the corner of Liberty and East Main streets.

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