Solar Eclipse Viewing - Sciences Library

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:30am 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!

Sciences Library
120 Iowa Avenue
Room: Courtyard
Iowa City, IA 52240