The UAH Solar Eclipse Project

August 21, 2017, will mark the first time in 38 years that a total solar eclipse will occur in the contiguous United States. What’s more, the path of totality comes very close to North Alabama.

To celebrate this rare cosmic event, UAH will be presenting several activities leading up the eclipse to engage our student population and the local community. These activities will include lectures and displays on scientific, historic, cultural, and artistic aspects of solar eclipses. On the day of the eclipse, we will transport a group of students to see totality. We will also host a viewing of the partial eclipse on the UAH campus.

These activities highlight not only the eclipse itself, but also UAH’s role as a leader in astronomy, astrophysics, heliophysics, and space science. Most events will be open to the public and will serve as outreach to the local community, as well as a point of interest in recruiting new students.

Video Spotlight

Tracing the 2017 Solar Eclipse

The so-called path of totality will trace across the US, appearing first near Salem, Oregon and eventually crossing directly over middle Tennessee.

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UAH Physics

Eclipse Project Events


Friday, May 12
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Lecture: NASA scientist, Mitzi Adams will be in Clarksville, TN, where totality will last for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Join us to hear how Mitzi participated in planning for the event, and how she, a group of students from the USSRC and Austin Peay State University, and scientists from NASA and UAH will perform science experiments and observe this historic event

June - July

Date TBD
  • Institute for Science Education Teachers Workshop


All month
  • Salmon Library will display eclipsed-themed posters and exhibits from an arts & humanities perspective, to include:
    • Displaying relevant books from the collection in tandem with posters
    • Creating a timeline of "solar eclipses in history" to display on the walls between S1 and C1 (west)
    • Creating a "fun facts and superstitions about eclipses" display to go on the walls between S1 and C1 (east)
    • Instruction on how to safely view a solar eclipse
    • Displaying purchased posters from NASA
    • Collaborating with the Department of Art, Art History, & Design to display eclipse-related faculty, staff, and/or student artwork

Week of Welcome

Dates TBD
  • Space Hardware Club will talk about the project that they are working on for the NASA Eclipse Challenge
Thursday, August 17
  • Moon, Myth, and Magic: A discussion of the role of the moon in culture, religion, and superstition by Michael Manasco, Salmon Library Reference Librarian
  • Outdoor Movie Night at Charger Union
Friday, August 18
  • A presentation by Dr. Gordon Emslie of Western Kentucky University about eclipses, astrophysics, and other cosmic data (sponsored by the Honors College)
Monday, August 21
  • A field trip to see totality sponsored by the Honors College and the Office of Student Life
  • Library Eclipse Event featuring associated student-run organizations, light refreshments, and the signing of waivers and distribution of safe-viewing visors
  • College of Business Event at the Business Administration Building's back patio. There will be free food, fun, and NASA issued viewing glasses.


eclipse image: Wikimedia Commons
video - footage: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (video 1, video 2); music: Hans Zimmer - Where We're Going