Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

On Monday, August 21st 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible in the United States. During this rare event, the moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and therefore blocks the light of the Sun. In Iowa City, we can observe a partial eclipse. The Sun will be 92% obscured by the Moon. The partial eclipse will begin at 11:46 am CDT, reach maximum eclipse at 1:12 pm, and end at 2:37 pm.

On campus from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM, the Department of Physics & Astronomy, the Sciences Library, and the Museum of Natural History are pleased to offer two eclipse viewing stations: On the Pentacrest and in the courtyard outside the Sciences Library. Each viewing station will be equipped with telescopes and free eclipse glasses. Faculty, staff, and student experts will be on hand to demonstrate safe viewing techniques and answer questions. 

In case of cloudy skies or if you want to see a total solar ecliipse, you can watch live video streams of the eclipse at Or stop by the Sciences Library to watch on the big screen!

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Professor Cornelia Lang in advance at or 319-335-1945.

University of Iowa Pentacrest
1 North Clinton Street
Iowa City, IA 52240