Samford Planetarium Shows Explain, Preview Solar Eclipse

Published on August 08, 2017 by Sean Flynt  
Alabama Summer Skies: Great American Solar Eclipse shows will explain and preview the event.
Alabama Summer Skies: Great American Solar Eclipse shows will explain and preview the event.

Samford University’s Christenberry Planetarium is presenting a series of free public shows in advance of this month’s historic total eclipse of the sun.

Samford will not host eclipse viewing parties, but planetarium director David Weigel will present five of his “Alabama Summer Skies: Great American Solar Eclipse” shows Aug. 10, 11 and 17. Free eclipse viewing glasses will be available to audiences courtesy of Samford’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences.

Weigel said demand for the eclipse shows has been so great that he might have to add new viewing opportunities. The planetarium Facebook page features the latest schedule updates and information.

For those who can’t attend one of the planetarium shows, Weigel suggests buying eclipse viewing glasses at greatamericaneclipse.com or making a pinhole camera. The latter, he said, consists of a hole of approximately 3 mm cut in a piece of cardboard or paper. The paper, held to the sky, projects the image of the eclipse onto the ground for safe viewing. Of course, severe injury can result from looking directly at the sun without using the special glasses, even during a total eclipse.

ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.