9:00 AM - Monday, August 21, 2017
Solar Eclipse at MTRP Monday, August 21, 2017 We will set up at least three telescopes equipped with solar filters on the patio at the rear of the Visitor Center and will also have available a welder's hood properly equipped with #14 welder's glass sufficient for solar viewing, solar viewing glasses, and also hole punched cards for individual indirect viewing. The weather forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that the day will start mostly cloudy, gradually clearing with temperatures reaching 85 degrees. Accordingly, we may not be able to view the partial eclipse directly from our location. However, there will be live streaming of the total eclipse from NASA satellite, aircraft, and ground viewing stations, as well as high altitude balloons and the International Space Station. Mission Trails will show the NASA livestream in the theater for anyone who wants to see the total event. The total event only lasts a couple minutes at any one location. However, because the NASA equipment will be viewing from a number of locations across the country and in space, NASA will follow it for almost four hours. The eclipse will start at 9:07 A.M.PDT in San Diego and continue until 11:46 A.M. The NASA programing will begin at 9:00 A.M. with commentary. The main program will begin at 10:00 A.M. and follow the event all across the country. Further information may be found at jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6921 Please be advised that looking at a partial eclipse without proper equipment for even two seconds causes permanent eye damage. Galileo, our first astronomer, didn't know the risks of solar viewing. He died blind!