West Virginia State University to Host Eclipse Viewing Event Monday, Aug. 21

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Aug. 15, 2017
West Virginia State University to Host Eclipse Viewing Event Monday, Aug. 21

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) will host a free solar eclipse viewing event for students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community Monday, Aug. 21, outside of Hamblin Hall near the University’s iconic Clock Tower.

The event will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., during the time a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire United States for the first time since 1918.

“The eclipse is a great learning opportunity for people of all ages,” said Hannah Payne, director of WVSU’s Center for the Advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CASTEM). “We want people to think about it scientifically and learn about astronomy while viewing this unique event.”

While the event is open to all, only 80 pairs of viewing glasses will be available.

During the event participants will also have the opportunity to creatively view the eclipse by walking through a blackout tent, or through indirect viewing with a magnifying glass.

There will also be a “Kepler’s Lab” activity giving participants a realistic gauge of how far apart planets are from one another.

The eclipse viewing event is being sponsored by CASTEM, the WVSU College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the WVSU Space Club.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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