Public Eclipse Viewing at the Gettysburg College Observatory

2012 Transit of Venus at Gettysburg College Observatory

The Gettysburg College Observatory will be hosting a public observing event for the August 21, 2017, eclipse of the sun, weather permitting. Your hosts are Dr. Jacquelynne Milingo and Dr. Craig Foltz. They plan to set up equipment to safely observe this event. They will have a limited number of solar filter glasses for you to use. Some local retailers (e.g., Lowes in Waynesboro) are also selling them, so you may want to bring your own.

Here are the key details for eclipse day:

WHAT: Public Observing of the August 21, 2017 eclipse of the sun. This
website will get you started in understanding this event. NOTE: the eclipse is paritial, not total, from Gettysburg. This post will give you an idea of what to expect locally.

WHEN: August 21, 1:00-4:00 PM. (Eclipse maximum is 2:41.)
The event will be held weather permitting. If it looks like there will be a chance of viewing the sun, we will be there to at least try. In the event of overcast skies with no breaks showing in satellite photos, we will not hold it.

WHERE: Concrete pad outside the Gettysburg College Observatory.

The Observatory is located near the West Fields on the edge of campus. To get to the there, walk (do not drive) down the gravel road past the West Building (home of The Attic) toward the domed building. Only observatory staff are permitted to park at the observatory itself, so please allow time to park on campus and walk. There are no restrooms at the observatory, though there is usually a portable within walking distance. This map  shows the location of the observatory: