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Fall Semester Kicks off with an Eclipse

Posted on August 15, 2017

Holly Walker

Tyler’s Fall 2017 semester kicks off with a celestial spectacle: a solar eclipse! During the afternoon of Monday, August 21, the moon will pass in between the Earth and sun, covering the sun. While Tyler’s service area will not be in the “path of totality,” where a total solar eclipse will be seen, our region – weather permitting – will enjoy quite a show. We will experience a partial solar eclipse with about 85% of the sun shadowed by the moon. While solar eclipses are not rare occurrences, they are not visible everywhere. That’s what makes this one special for the U.S. It will be visible from coast to coast.

Since this amazing event aligns with another important date – the start of a new semester – the college wants to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to safely witness the eclipse. 

Thanks to the work of Dr. Pascal Renault, professor of physics at Tyler, and a number of volunteers, the college will have an eclipse viewing station at each campus. The stations will be set up from about 1:00 – 4:15 p.m., and students, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by when they have a few minutes in between their classes or as they arrive or leave campus.

The viewing stations will be set up near the volleyball courts at each campus. At these stations, special eclipse viewing glasses and special equipment will be available to allow people to safely view the eclipse.

It is important to remember that looking directly at the sun, especially during an eclipse, can cause permanent damage to your eyes. Please make sure to take the proper precautions no matter where you view the eclipse. To find out more about special glasses and viewing equipment needed to safely watch the eclipse, visit NASA’s web site.

Note: This is a weather permitting event for Tyler’s students, faculty and staff. The viewing stations at Tyler’s campuses will only be set up if weather allows the eclipse to be visible. Check Tyler’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates on August 21.

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Holly Walker, Public Relations Manager


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