USD hosting solar eclipse viewing party

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We’re just a few days away from the great American eclipse sweeping across the U.S.

It’s the first of its kind in 38 years, and millions of people nationwide are hoping to catch a glimpse.
Here in Siouxland, the physics department at the University of South Dakota will hold a solar eclipse viewing party on Monday from 12:40 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.

The event will include telescope viewing, and as many as 160 eclipse-viewing glasses will be available.

USD will have two telescopes with solar filters to track the sun as it progresses through the sky.

Sky-watchers in Vermillion should be able to see approximately 95% of the sun blocked at the eclipse’s peak.

Joel Sander, a professor at University of South Dakota says, “we’ll just walk right outside, right here to this place where we’re standing. Have some eclipse glasses. Get two telescopes with solar covers and we’re just going to observe.”

Sander says the solar eclipse may be the most dramatic visual event in the sky in our lifetime.

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