View the solar eclipse—safely—at UPEI!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Joseph Jabbour safely observes the sun at an event hosted by the UPEI Department of Physics

On Monday, August 21, the moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun, creating a rare and spectacular show. A solar eclipse is a memorable event, but one that needs to be enjoyed with great caution. UPEI’s Department of Physics is hosting a viewing event for Monday’s eclipse to help you safely observe the eclipse—and learn a thing or two about astronomy!

The event begins at 2:30 pm outside the student entrance of UPEI’s School of Sustainable Design Engineering. There will be solar telescopes and viewing glasses to watch the eclipse, and activities for all ages to understand how eclipses work. A viewing screen will also be set up to monitor NASA’s live feed of the total eclipse as it is experienced across the United States. The Canadian Cancer Society will also be on hand to provide information about lifelong sun safety.

Can’t make the viewing event? Read this blog post with tips of how to watch from home, including tips on how to construct a device to help safely observe the sun.

The eclipse peaks at 3:50 pm, but the event will continue until 5:00 pm. For more information, visit

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