Grenfell Campus observatory in Corner Brook offering solar eclipse viewing session

Published on August 11, 2017

This photo of the moon was taken by the telescope at the Grenfell Campus, Memorial University observatory in Corner Brook recently.

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The final public viewing for the summer at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University’s observatory could be an interesting one.

The last session will be held Aug. 21, the day a partial solar eclipse will be visible in western Newfoundland.

While some parts of the United States will get to see a total eclipse of the sun by the moon, the sun will only be partially obscured in other parts of the world.

By around 4 p.m., the southwestern half of the island of Newfoundland will be experience around 30 to 40 percent coverage of the moon’s shadow as it passes in front of the sun.

At 3 p.m., Grenfell will host a short introductory lecture in AS 2026, followed by the narrated viewing of the eclipse. Admission is free and no registration is required.

Special eclipse glasses will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Grenfell Campus observatory has held several public observation sessions this summer, with daytime observation of the sun and nighttime viewing of the moon, Jupiter and Saturn, with a total of over 100 people attending.