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Solar Eclipse Viewing Guide

Solar Eclipse by Naoya Fujii is licensed under CC BY NC 2.0.

California is not in the path of totality, so we will not see a full eclipse (the center photo). From our position in the Bay Area, the peak of the eclipse will be about 75% coverage at 10:15 AM.

Did you know that the eclipse will affect our power supply in California? Do your part by pledging to reduce the amount of electricity you're using from 9am to noon on eclipse day!

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

The University Library and Physics Department cordially invite you to a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday, August 21st from 9-11am on the lawn between Vari Hall and Lucas Hall!

This event is free and open to the public, but we have reached our event capacity and are no longer accepting RSVPs. If you haven't yet RSVP'd for SCU's event, we suggest you attend the Santa Clara City Library event at Central Park. Can't attend either event? Watch NASA's Live Stream!

Day of parking permits will cost $5, payable at the SCU visitor kiosk on Palm Drive
Because of overwhelming demand, we are no longer able to offer free parking. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please tell the attendant you are going to the eclipse event for a discounted $5 parking rate.

At 9:30 AM, SCU Physics faculty will explain the science behind the eclipse

At 10:15 AM, watch for peak coverage of the sun (about 75%) 

On a first-come first-served basis, you'll have a chance to view the eclipse through a telescope with a solar filter. On a first-come first-served basis, we will provide solar eclipse viewing glasses. ***Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event, we will ask you to share one pair of eclipse glasses among members of your party.*** 

We recommend you bring hats, sunglasses, blankets or lawn chairs, and sunblock. There will be water available; feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks.

***It is not safe to view the eclipse without special solar eclipse glasses or the solar filter on the telescope! Sunglasses are nowhere near strong enough!***

NASA Videos, Simulations, and Maps for the August 21 Eclipse

More About Solar Eclipses

Apps and Citizen Science Projects