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Get Ready for Aug. 21 Eclipse

By: Sherry Squires   Published 9:31 am / August 17, 2017

People wearing eclipse glasses

Broncos are about to have a front row seat for the so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse. On Monday, Aug. 21, the sun will disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight from 10:12 a.m. to 12:52 p.m. (total eclipse at 11:29 a.m.). This will cause the temperature to drop rapidly and reveal streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.

Boise State University’s fall 2017 classes that begin before 1 p.m. will not be held on Aug. 21, the first day of fall classes, to allow students, faculty and staff to enjoy this rare viewing opportunity, a near-complete solar eclipse from the heart of campus.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend an eclipse viewing party from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, on the Quad in the center of campus. However, because this is occurring on the first day of classes, faculty and staff are asked to ensure that offices and departments that experience heavy student traffic this time of year remain open and occupied.

Free food, safety glasses and activities are planned for the party.

All are invited to learn all about the eclipse, and how to safely view it, from Boise State physics professor Brian Jackson from 7-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. He has been hosting a series of educational events across the state and will present both a conference for visiting professional astronomers and a public event. Free eclipse shades will be distributed to all who attend.

The eclipse is expected to bring huge crowds to Idaho and other western states in the path. Most total eclipses take place over oceans or unpopulated areas because so much of the planet is covered by water and sparsely populated land. Though this path runs across the country, Idaho’s clear, blue summer skies offer viewers a better chance that clouds or rain won’t obscure the event.