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Orange County Solar Eclipse Events

The exciting time has come for the world to get to see a solar eclipse. On Monday, it will be the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

Eclipse glasses are sold out everywhere and families are making glasses out of cardboard boxes, but there are some places where you can bring the family to see the eclipse and all the materials will be provided for you!

UCI’s Department of Physics & Astronomy is hosting a free public viewing party for all ages, and it’s the perfect opportunity to do one last thing before everyone is back to school.

Location on campus:
The UCI viewing party is at the Physical Sciences Plaza on the southwest section of Aldrich Park.

Date and Time:
Aug. 21
In Irvine, the Moon will begin to cover the Sun at 9:06 a.m., before the eclipse ends 11:45 a.m. Maximum eclipse will occur at 10:22 a.m., when the Moon will cover 60.75 percent of the sun.

Additional info:
There will be telescopes and eclipse glasses to use and question-and-answer sessions with UCI astronomy experts.

RSVP (not required but helpful):

There are lots of spots to park, structure 12A is the closest

Orange Coast College
Monday, August 21st 7am to 2pm

Astronomy Department hosting Solar Eclipse event for the community. Telescopes and equipment will be available for the public to view the Solar Eclipse. Location: Adams parking

Cal State Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton astronomers don’t want the public to be left in the dark during the much-anticipated “Great American Eclipse” on Monday, Aug. 21. A public viewing will begin at 9 a.m. for those planning to join millions across the United States to witness the unusual, daytime celestial event.

Southern Californians won’t see the total eclipse — when the sun will be completely blocked by the moon, casting darkness on Earth — only a partial eclipse, explained Shovit Bhari, CSUF staff physicist.

The public viewing will be held on the lawn on the south side of Dan Black Hall, off Nutwood Avenue. The eclipse is expected to start at 9:06 a.m. and end just before noon. At 9:06 a.m. in Fullerton, it is expected that 1 to 5 percent of the sun will be covered and at 10:21 a.m., up to 70 percent will be covered, Bhari said.

Telescopes with filters designed to safely look at the sun, along with protective glasses made for solar viewing will be available for visitors. CSUF physicists Jocelyn Read and Joshua Smith also will be at the campus event to answer questions.

OC Parks
Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

Location: Nature Center Parking Lot – Upper Level

Join us for a special viewing of the 2017 Solar Eclipse at Caspers Wilderness Park. Volunteers will use telescopes with special solar filters to view the sun safely.

At Caspers Wilderness Park, the eclipse will begin at 9:06 a.m., the midpoint will be at 10:22 a.m. and it will end at 11:45 a.m.

Parking: $3 per vehicle.

Date: 8/21/2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Pretend City

Simple Science (9:15am): Eclipse Across America > This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to an hour and a half, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location. For this eclipse the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979. For the 2017 Eclipse, NASA and its science education partners have developed and shared some exciting materials with us to help educate children on how they can safely view this celestial event!

Solar Eclipse Viewing (10:00am): We will join our community partners from Meade outside to safely view the total solar eclipse using the proper tools and instruments. Solar glasses will be available to share. We encourage bringing your own solar viewers to increase your enjoyment of this event.

Discovery Cube OC

Join us August 19-21 as we explore the science of solar eclipses and help you prepare to watch the eclipse. Bring your own cardboard box and create a special device to help you safely view the eclipse. Learn about forced perspective, an optical illusion tricking the brain into thinking large objects (like the sun) appear small, and small objects (like the moon) appear HUGE. In the Planetary Research Station, we will track the pathway of this total solar eclipse, learn how a solar eclipse occurs, and why this coast-to-coast event is so rare – the last one to traverse the continental United States occurred in 1918!

On the morning of August 21, Discovery Cube will open early at 9:00AM for a solar eclipse viewing party.

How to build your own Solar Eclipse Viewing Device
Courtesy of Discovery Cube OC

Building your eclipse viewer:

Grab a box – any box will do. The longer the box, the larger the image of the sun. If using a box with seams, seal up the box with opaque tape to make the inside dark.
Cut or poke eye and sun holes.
Tape aluminum foil over sun hole.
Poke hole in foil with a pin.
Tape box shut to block light leaks.
To use your eclipse viewer:

Stand with the sun behind you.
Point the pinhole end of the box toward the sun. Move around until, looking through the viewing opening, you see an image of the sun projected inside the box. An easy way to align with the sun is to make the shadow of the box and your head as small as possible.
Your pinhole projector will show a small image of the sun that is useful during a partial eclipse to see the “bite” the moon takes out of the sun.

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