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Solar Eclipse 2017: The Sun in Darkness!

On Aug. 21, the United States will experience a trans-continental solar eclipse. The total eclipse will move from west to east along a 65 mile wide swath entering North America in Oregon and leaving at the South Carolina shore.

For Earthlings, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and planet Earth.

In Orange County, a 70% eclipse of the sun will occur. The time of the peak is 2:43 p.m. However, it will start at 1:21 p.m. and end at 3:58 p.m. Because the eclipse develops at the time of day when it normally is brightest, the gradual darkness will be obvious.

Fear Not! This will be a spectacular natural event. Come to SUNY Orange for Solar Eclipse 2017: The Sun in Darkness!

Astronomy professors William Istone, PhD and Tom Blon, MA are celebrating the event on the Newburgh and Middletown campuses, respectively, by setting up the large telescopes equipped with sun filters. In addition, eclipse safety glasses will be provided. On the Newburgh campus  come to the Green Oval outdoors at Kaplan Hall, and in Middletown come to the center of the campus, the Alumni Green.

Also, live-streaming along the swath where the total 100% eclipse moves will be available for viewing on nine foot screens in OCTC Great Room 101, Kaplan Hall (Newburgh) and Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum room 010, Rowley Center for Science and Engineering (Middletown), rain or shine.

This opportunity to view the partial solar eclipse with astronomy professors to guide and explain plus the live-streaming is free and open to the public. Take some time out of your busy schedules to view and better understand the solar eclipse.

Attendees may find free parking in the Kaplan Hall garage accessed at 73 First St, (GPS) Newburgh and Orange Hall lot at the corner of Wawayanda & Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue) Middletown.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-4891, or visit our website www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs.

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs
8/10/2017