On Monday, August 21, West Virginia Wesleyan College’s SPACE Club, Physics and Engineering Society, and Sigma Pi Sigma, will sponsor a solar eclipse event from 1-4 p.m. in the Chapel Oval of Wesleyan’s campus. Those attending will be given a pair of eclipse glasses and instructions on how to construct a pinhole camera. A few telescopes will also be available for use.
According to NASA, North America will be privy to an eclipse of the sun on Monday, August 21. Anyone within the path of totality will be able to see a total eclipse, where the moon completely covers the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere, the corona. Although this path, from Salem, OR to Charleston, SC will present a total eclipse, those not in the path of totality will still experience a partial eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.
Buckhannon will see an 88% eclipse, starting at 1:10 p.m. The peak of the eclipse will occur at 2:37 p.m., and the eclipse will end at 3:57 p.m.
“One of the neatest ways to see the eclipse for free is to look at the shadow of a tree. As the sunlight makes its way through the leaves, the system is very similar to pinhole projection and so you will see all of the little sunbeams coming through and hitting the ground in the shape of crescents,” stated Dr. Tracey DeLaney, assistant professor of physics.
Prior to the August 21 event, DeLaney will be giving a public talk on Monday, August 14 at 6 p.m. at the Upshur County Library. The event is free and open to the public.
“I will discuss the types of eclipses, the science that observers can partake in during an eclipse, past and future eclipses, and why totality is so cool,” said DeLaney.
For more information, please contact DeLaney at email@example.com