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UNI to host Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Aug. 21

August 4, 2017

Marcy Seavey, STEM coordinator, Academic Affairs 319-273-6253,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Department of Earth and Environmental Science and UNI STEM, with their partners at the Iowa Academy of Science, are hosting a UNI Eclipse Viewing Party from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 21, at Rod Library in Room 287 and south of the Campanile.

An eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun and casts its shadow on the surface of the Earth. Most total eclipses happen over water or places with small populations. "This specific eclipse will be across a large populated area, and also across the entire east-west span of the continental U.S. and have the longest duration at a location near Carbondale, Illinois, of 2 minutes and 40 seconds," said Siobahn Morgan, department head and professor of earth and environmental sciences.

It is important for students to participate in this event. "Even though we will see only the partial eclipse on the UNI campus this summer, it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Marcy Seavey, UNI STEM coordinator. "There are only eight solar eclipses that will cross a part of the United States in the next 100 years."

At the viewing party, participants will be able to view the partial solar eclipse through a telescope or solar viewing glasses, download free apps to explore Earth and space augmented reality, and become citizen scientist by contributing to NASA's record of this event. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Seavey at 319-273-6253 or, or visit the website at or Facebook page at