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Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi

Total Solar Eclipse – August 21, 2017

On Aug. 21, Monday, a total solar eclipse swiped through the U.S., a once-in-a-lifetime event. It was best viewed in a narrow band that crosses Nashville, TN.

Note: Never look into the eclipsed Sun without a proper solar filter, it is dangerous!!

It was seen in Oxford, MS, as a partial solar eclipse, which is still a rare occurrence. While not a total eclipse the Sun was over 90% covered so it was still be quite impressive. The Department of Physics and Astronomy organized a viewing 12:00 noon – 3:00 PM. We set up telescopes and a solar projection device in the Quad between Lewis Hall, the Library and the back of the Lyceum. The maximum coverage, in Oxford, of the Sun was at 1:24 PM.

See these links for our Photos of the eclipse and a Movie.