There goes the sun: Rowan University hosts solar eclipse viewing party

There goes the sun: Rowan University hosts solar eclipse viewing party

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Free and open to the public
Rain or shine
Tons of activities
Goodie bags for first 1,000

The Ric and Jean Edelman Planetarium and the College of Science & Mathematics at Rowan University will mark the eclipse of the sun with a program for all ages on Monday, Aug. 21, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Science Hall on the Glassboro campus.

“Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights─a total solar eclipse,” said Amy Barraclough, planetarium director.

This path─where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere, the corona─will stretch from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path still will see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. South Jersey will experience a 75 percent partial eclipse.

To mark the event, the Edelman Planetarium will host a free planetarium show about eclipses, Totality, at 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, and 3:30 p.m. and offer feeds from NASA featuring the total eclipse throughout the afternoon.

The Rowan event also will include hands-on activities throughout the grounds of Science Hall. They include solar telescopes for safe views of the sun and moon; Games on the Go Mobile Arcade (featuring Asteroids and Space Invaders, among other games), courtesy of the Borough of Glassboro; free water ice; a chance to create a pocket solar system and make a planisphere; an opportunity to make an eclipse button (courtesy of the Glassboro branch of the Gloucester County Library System); and more.

Additionally, the Planetarium will provide goodie bags with solar eclipse temporary tattoos, Edelman Planetarium stickers, solar eclipse glasses and more to the first 1,000 visitors.

“The Edelman Planetarium and College of Science & Mathematics are happy to present a safe and fun environment to view the solar eclipse. Solar viewing glasses must be worn to view the eclipse. Our event on campus will help people view the eclipse safely and celebrate the wonders of astronomy,” said Dr. Karen Magee-Sauer, dean of the College of Science & Mathematics.

The event is free and open to the public, including groups. This is a rain or shine program; in the event of inclement weather, activities will be held in Science Hall. No registration is necessary. Parking will be available in Rowan lots C and D off Bowe Boulevard. For more information, contact (856) 256-4389 or planetarium@rowan.edu.