Northwest Denver Campus opens to public for Aug. 21 eclipse viewing

August 07, 2017

Find your spot on the grassy commons at Regis University to view the highly touted solar eclipse on Aug. 21 and receive a free pair of eclipse-viewing glasses, which are essential for watching the solar eclipse safely.

The University’s physics and astronomy department will have its telescopes aimed at the eclipse and astronomers on hand to answer your questions. The eclipse as viewed from Denver may not be total, but it’s close: At its peak, the moon will block 92 percent of the sun.

Quyen Hart, associate professor of physics and astronomy, says the best time to view the eclipse is slightly before and after 11:47 a.m. when the sun will be most blocked. The eclipse will begin at 10:23 a.m. and end at 1:14 p.m.

“Many people can’t make the trip to Wyoming for the total eclipse for different reasons,” said Hart. “But that shouldn’t stop them from seeing the partial eclipse, and Regis is the place to be. Even a 92 percent partial solar eclipse is exciting to observe, especially if you’ve never seen one.”

Individuals who attend the viewing at Regis will receive free solar eclipse-viewing glasses while supplies last. Fun activities for kids are planned, including making pinhole projectors and solar system bracelets.

In case of cloudy weather, Regis will live stream the total solar eclipse in the Felix Pomponio Family Science Center’s amphitheater (Room 212).

Northwest Denver Campus parking will be free during the event.

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Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.