Details on August 21, 2017, solar eclipse viewing

Details on August 21, 2017, solar eclipse viewing 

For those of you who aren’t traveling to Wyoming, Nebraska, or elsewhere to see the total solar eclipse, there is still an opportunity to view a partial eclipse right here! In Boulder, the moon will cover 94 percent of the Sun, with the peak partial eclipse occurring at 11:46 a.m. on Monday.

To aid in safe viewing, UCAR SciEd has some eclipse glasses at CG1, FL2, and the Mesa Lab. Staff are welcome to pick up a pair of glasses (limit one) this week, while supplies last, so you can watch the eclipse from outside your own building, at home, or wherever you might be on Monday

We encourage CG and FL staff to view the eclipse from sites other than the Mesa Lab.

As many of you may have also heard, we are hosting a public eclipse viewing at the Mesa Lab Tree Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday. While we have not extensively promoted this event, we have seen strong interest from people across the Front Range. We will be monitoring traffic and parking on the day of the event in case we reach capacity and need to turn away visitors at the bottom of the road as well as to maintain access to the building for staff.

If your main office is at the Mesa Lab, we strongly encourage you to take the shuttle on Monday. Please inform any visitors you are expecting at the Mesa Lab on Monday to expect heavier than normal traffic, limited parking, and the potential that the road will be closed. We also recommend coming earlier in the day since shuttle capacity is limited.

And finally, a reminder to all staff that taking proper eye-safety precautions when viewing the eclipse is critical.

If you have any questions concerning the content of this email, please contact Tim Barnes ( with the UCAR Center for Science Education.

Announcement Timing: 
August 17, 2017 to August 21, 2017