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Physics: Eclipse 2017

Research guide for the physics subject area.

Eclipse at TTU

The Solar Eclipse-the 'celestial event of the century' will take place on Monday August 21st. Libraries all across the country are planning on hosting watch parties for the event.

The University Libraries at TTU will be organizing an event, The Great American Eclipse Watch Party, to celebrate and observe this rare occurrence during Welcome Week. Details will continue to be posted, WATCH THIS SPACE!

Eclipse Data for Lubbock, TX
Start 11:30:12 AM CDT
Maximum Eclipse 12:57:07 PM CDT
End 02:26:37 PM CDT
Magnitude of Eclipse 0.775
Sun Surface Obscured 72.31%

Update-we have received 500 pairs of solar eclipse viewing glasses to facilitate our events being held on campus on  August 21st during Welcome Week!!!  We will also be providing food for this event.  A live stream of the totality from NASA will be on display.  An exhibit for NASA from the Southwest Collection will be launching for this event.  Activity and information tables will be located in the Croslin Room.  There are several experts available to talk with including Tom Heiseythe South Plains Astronomy Club Head and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, and Dr. Tana Joseph, Fulbright Scholar for Astronomy.


Eclipse Safety!

Safety tips:
-When watching the Sun, always use eclipse glasses. Make sure they aren't scratched or damaged.
-Do NOT watch the Sun with regular sunglasses (even dark ones), or homemade filters.
-Supervise children using eclipse glasses.

NASA safety tips:

Reputable vendors of eclipse glasses:

Known Lubbock vendors:

Science Spectrum - $2.15 including tax

City of Lubbock - Patterson Branch Library - Free


Eclipse Videos

Novels featuring an Eclipse

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, by Mark Twain (1889), protagonist predicts solar eclipse in 528 CE.

Pharaoh, by Bolesław Prus (1895), historical novel with culminating solar eclipse in 1085 BCE, predicted by priest Menes.

The Secret Mountain, by Enid Blyton, a group of children and their guardian, captives of a sun-worshipping African tribe, escape by threatening to kill the sun, having prior knowledge of an imminent solar eclipse.

Voyage: a novel of 1896, by Sterling Hayden (1976), depicts a solar eclipse of the titular year, viewed from the South Pacific.

Nightfall, by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg (1990 novel based on Asimov's 1941 short story of the same name).

Solar Eclipse, by John Farris (1999).

Sunwing, by Kenneth Oppel (1999).

The Eclipse of the Century, by Jan Mark (1999).

Every Soul A Star (2008) by Wendy Mass

A Memory of Light (2013) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson