One of the most exciting celestial events is coming up the afternoon of Monday, August 21 and
P-H-M wants our students to be prepared and experience the Great American Solar Eclipse.
What makes the Great American Solar Eclipse so great? This is the first major total solar ceclipse across the continental U.S., West to East Coast, since June 8, 1918!
The northern Indiana area is not in the total eclipse pattern. However, starting at 1:00 p.m., moving east, we’ll be able to see maximum coverage (about 88%) at around 2:22 p.m. with the eclipse concluding about 3:46 p.m. Still something extraordinary for our students and families to witness!
Because the first day of the 2017-18 school year is not until Wednesday, August 23, PTOs from all our 15 schools partnered with the P-H-M DVT and Planetarium to send home free “eclipse shades” with all of our 10,700 students the last week of school back in June. DVT Director Melinda O'Malley also prepared this P-H-Mstudent/parent fact sheet and guide for watching the eclipse safely.
We encourage our students and families to experience this wonderful event, but to do so safely! If your child has misplaced their “eclipse shades,” here are some resources to find/purchase new ones (some of these resources, but not all, are providing solar watching glasses for free; some payment and pre-orders may be required):
Get Ready for the Great American Eclipse! seminar, Saturday, August 12, 2017, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m., University of Notre Dame DVT- Jordan Hall: See a simulation of the eclipse in Notre Dame's unique 50-foot planetarium and digital theater. Learn about historically interesting eclipses and how the moon's place in the solar system makes these events so spectacular. Discover how to view the eclipse safely, and receive free eclipse viewing glasses.
The event is free and appropriate for all ages, but TICKETS ARE REQUIRED! Click here to get your tickets.
- Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library has a small number available for free, call 574-259-5277 for more information
- Saint Joseph County Public Library is hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing party on August 21 at the downtown branch on 304 S. Main Street, South Bend. Glasses are free of charge to use only if you attend the viewing party.
- NASA’s website has a listing of reputable vendors of safe solar filters & viewers
P-H-M DVT/Planetarium Director Mindy O'Malley will be in Carbondale, IL on August 21 for the GreatAmericanEclipse. She'll be posting pictures and video that you won't want to miss! Be sure to click here to like and follow PHM DVT & Planetarium Facebook page and then logon on August 21 to experience the eclipse with Mrs. O’Malley.
Be safe and enjoy the viewing, the next total solar eclipse viewable in North America is not until April 2024!