Hastings College offers viewing options for April 8 partial solar eclipse

Hastings College physics professor Dr. Brad Peterson and physics students are giving stargazers and eclipse enthusiasts — and anyone who would like to come — an opportunity to view the partial solar eclipse on Monday, April 8.

Partial eclipse viewing, 12:30-3:30pm on April 8 north of the Morrison-Reeves Science Center.While Nebraska won’t experience a total eclipse like it did in August 2017, Peterson said the moon will block out a maximum of 77 percent of the sun during the April 8 event. Eclipse glasses will be needed to view the sun throughout the eclipse, with Peterson having a limited number on hand to share.

Eclipse viewing will take place on the north side of the Morrison-Reeves Science Center (717 N. Ash Avenue) on the Hastings College campus from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., with the partial eclipse beginning at 12:36 and going until 3:05 p.m. Viewing is free and open to the public.

Peterson and students will be on hand to assist and offer insights and equipment to safely observe the partial eclipse.

Available Equipment will include a solar telescope, a small solar image projector called a Sunspotter and a limited number of eclipse glasses.

Peterson, who also manages the Hastings College Sachtleben Observatory, can also answer questions about the eclipse and other solar events.

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Discover more at hastings.edu.

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