Please join the UT community for a solar eclipse viewing party on the Hill in front of Ayres Hall from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday. We will have Moon Pies, other snacks, and free eclipse viewing glasses for the first 5,000 people. We also will stream the NASA feed of the total eclipse. Knoxville will have a 99.75 percent partial eclipse.
Circle Drive will be closed Monday for the eclipse watch party. No handicapped parking will be allowed on the Hill, but T Access vans will be available to access buildings on the Hill.
To maximize your enjoyment of this celestial phenomenon, consider these safety tips:
- Solar glasses are required to view a partial eclipse.
- Sunglasses are not safe for viewing the eclipse.
- Using optical instruments, such as telescopes and binoculars, to view the eclipse is dangerous—even with solar glasses. The concentrated solar rays could burn a hole through the solar glasses and damage your eyes.
Watch this video for more safety pointers from Paul Lewis, director of space science outreach in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
For more information, visit the eclipse viewing party page.
See you Monday!