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.

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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Eclipse Project Events




Moon, myth, and magic: Researching the role of the moon in culture, religion, and superstition




Conference/Lecture


Moon, myth, and magic: Researching the role of the moon in culture, religion, and superstition


Aug 17 @ 12:00PM


Salmon Library








Outdoor Movie Night - "A Sidewalk Astronomer"




Arts & Entertainment


Outdoor Movie Night - "A Sidewalk Astronomer"


Aug 17 @ 8:00PM


Charger Union








When the Sun Goes Out: America’s Eclipse 2017




Conference/Lecture


When the Sun Goes Out: America’s Eclipse 2017


Aug 18 @ 9:00AM


Off campus








The Science and Spectacle of Solar Eclipses




Conference/Lecture


The Science and Spectacle of Solar Eclipses


Aug 18 @ 12:00PM


Material Science Building








Lunar Logistics: Researching Eclipses, Astrophysics, and Other Cosmic Data




Conference/Lecture


Lunar Logistics: Researching Eclipses, Astrophysics, and Other Cosmic Data


Aug 18 @ 12:00PM


Salmon Library








Total Solar Eclipses: Probing the Structure of our Nearest Star




Conference/Lecture


Total Solar Eclipses: Probing the Structure of our Nearest Star


Aug 18 @ 3:30PM


Material Science Building








The Salmon Library Eclipse Viewing Party




Misc


The Salmon Library Eclipse Viewing Party


Aug 21 @ 11:00AM


Salmon Library








NASA 2017 Total Solar Eclipse MegaCast




Misc


NASA 2017 Total Solar Eclipse MegaCast


Aug 21 @ 11:00AM


Charger Union Theater





Throughout August

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
  • A timeline of "solar eclipses in history" display
  • "Fun facts and superstitions about eclipses" display
  • Instruction on how to safely view a solar eclipse
  • Posters from NASA
  • Collaboration with the Department of Art, Art History, & Design to display eclipse-related faculty, staff, and/or student artwork

Sources


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