University of Minnesota

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse Viewing at Tate Laboratory of Physics & Astronomy

This event occurred on October 23, 2014. For the August 2017 total eclipse event, see here.

Join graduate students from the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics for a unique telescope observing experience of a partial solar eclipse.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
4:30pm to sunset
Tate Laboratory of Physics & Astronomy (follow signs up to roof)
116 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Special Event: Partial Solar Eclipse

We will have a ringside seat to the partial eclipse of the Sun, which is almost exclusively visible on land from North America. The greatest eclipse, with 80% of the Sun's face covered by the New Moon, will occur over the Canadian Arctic. In Minnesota we can still see as much as 60% coverage. Weather permitting, observations of the event can be performed with eyes, binoculars, and telescopes but proper eye protection is a must!

The Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics will be hosting a viewing party of the eclipse on the roof of the Tate Laboratory of Physics & Astronomy free to the public. We will have telescopes equipped with solar filters as well as pinhole cameras for safe viewing of the event. The eclipse will begin at 4:24 pm, with maximum coverage occuring at 5:36 pm. The Sun will set at 6:13 pm before the eclipse finishes. Our graduate student volunteers will be on the roof until the Sun sets answering questions and providing safe observing opportunities as well as insight on these fascinating celestial events!

Note: Photos of the event can be found in our Gallery.

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