MEDIA ADVISORY: Eclipse Safety and Event Information


08/20/2017
BATON ROUGE – On Monday, Aug. 21, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in Louisiana. Here are a few important facts people need to know:
  • The partial (80 percent) solar eclipse will occur roughly between 11:57 a.m.-2:57 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, in Baton Rouge.
  • Never look directly at the sun or the eclipse during that time without proper eye protection such as special purpose eclipse viewing solar glasses or hand held solar viewers.
  • Even with special purpose eclipse viewing solar glasses, do not look directly at the sun for more than 3 minutes at a time to prevent damaging your eyes.
  • It is safe to go about your day normally and to go outside during the eclipse.
  • For more information on eclipse safety, visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

To experience this rare astronomical event and to promote science education, LSU will host an event on campus, “Solar Eclipse at the Start,” from noon to 2 p.m. During the event, eclipse glasses will be available for current LSU students, faculty and staff with a valid Tiger Card. NASA's live stream of the eclipse, including footage captured by the LSU Louisiana Space Grant team, will be shown. Information about LSU’s science and research programs will also be available.

WHAT: “Solar Eclipse at the Start” event
WHO: LSU students, faculty and staff will gather to experience the solar eclipse
WHERE: LSU Union Theater or Parade Ground (depending on weather)
WHEN: Monday, Aug. 21, from noon-2 p.m. 

Additionally, LSU Physics & Astronomy Professor Dana Browne has developed a website for Louisiana K-12 science teachers to teach students about the eclipse: http://laspace.lsu.edu/teacheclipse/. The Solar Eclipse Teacher’s Toolkit has instructions on how to experience the eclipse safely including how to use a solar viewer.

A team of students, staff and faculty from the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium, or LaSPACE, led by LSU will launch two high-altitude balloons on Aug. 21 as part of a NASA-sponsored project to live-stream aerial video footage of the moon’s shadow as it crosses the continent during the “Great American Eclipse.” As part of the Eclipse Ballooning Project involving 55 teams from across the country, one balloon flight string will feature a video camera payload to live-stream footage of the total solar eclipse in which the moon will entirely block the sun for approximately 2 minutes on a path progressing from Oregon to South Carolina. Live footage will be available for public viewing on NASA’s website https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.
 

Additional Links:

Total Solar Eclipse Teachers’ Toolkit:
http://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2017/07/26physastro_browne_eclipsetoolkit.php

Louisiana Space Grant Teams Up with NASA to Livestream Total Solar Eclipse:
http://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2017/06/23laspace_eclipse.php

Everything You Need to Know about the 2017 Solar Eclipse:
http://lsuscienceblog.squarespace.com/blog/2017/8/1/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-2017-solar-eclipse

The Sun, The Moon and a Balloon - LSU Students to Launch Weather Balloon To Record the 2017 Eclipse:
http://lsuscienceblog.squarespace.com/blog/2017/8/16/the-sun-the-moon-and-a-balloon-lsu-students-to-launch-weather-balloon-to-record-the-2017-eclipse

How To Build a Solar Eclipse Viewer:
http://lsuscienceblog.squarespace.com/blog/2017/8/9/how-to-build-a-solar-eclipse-viewer

 

 

 

 

Contact Alison Satake
LSU Media Relations
225-578-3870
asatake@lsu.edu