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Check back here for updated information regarding viewing event for the solar eclipse occurring on August 21st!

Our morning program prior to the eclipse is FULL with schools that expressed interest earlier this spring.  Interested schools/groups can still contact Mr Jeff Polak directly to see about the possibility of having enough space for the viewing of the eclipse on the quad.

Preliminary Schedule and Details

10:00 am – 11:30 pm      Lecture/Safety/Viewer Construction Sessions (see below)

Visiting students will participate in an informative lecture about the solar eclipse (presented by astrophysicist Dr. Matthew Merlo) and receive detailed safety instructions/guidelines to ensure safe viewing of the eclipse.  The other session will involve students being led through the construction of a viewer that they will make (and keep) that will allow them to view the eclipse.  Depending on the project that we choose, students might be asked to bring certain materials with them for this activity (boxes, etc.) but most materials (tape, paper, pens, scissors, etc.) will be provided. A detailed list of what you and your students will need to bring will be sent out after the specific project have been finalized and we will be sure you have plenty of time to acquire the materials.  Groups will be formed to be sure that the lecture and the viewers being constructed are appropriate for participating grade levels.



Group A

Group B

Group C           


10:00am - 10:30am


Safety Briefing and Q/A

Viewer Construction


10:30am – 11:00am

Viewer Construction


Safety Briefing and Q/A


11:00am - 11:30am

Safety Briefing and Q/A

Viewer Construction



 11:30 am – 2:30 pm       Eclipse Viewing on the Quad

We have reserved the large quad between the Rice Library, University Center, Liberal Arts Building, and the Business & Engineering Center to view the eclipse.  We will set up telescopes with solar filters and other projection viewers to allow detailed viewing of the event.  Students will be able to view the eclipse individually with their constructed viewer and Eclipse Glasses. 

The following times are important to note:

First contact (moon just starts to block the sun): 11:58 am

‘Total’ (maximum) coverage (99% here in Evansville): 1:24 pm

Last contact: 2:49 pm

Since the eclipse is occurring during lunchtime, we encourage visiting groups to bring a picnic lunch. I wouldn’t recommend expecting any of the on-campus food options to be available since it will be the first day of classes and all dining options in the University Center will be VERY BUSY with USI students.  Bringing your own picnic lunches and enjoying them under the eclipse will be your best option.  

We have no formal ‘program’ during the eclipse itself. Feel free to have your visiting group come and go as you please… (especially to make it back for the end of your school day or whatever other time constraints you might have)



If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jeff Polak (, 812/464-1804) or Dr. Matt Merlo (, 812/465-1227)

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