Opportunities available at KU, Lawrence library to see partial solar eclipse on Oct. 14

photo by: Shawn Valverde/Special to the Journal-World

The University of Kansas campus is pictured in this September 2023 aerial photo.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas is inviting people to watch the partial solar eclipse on Oct. 14 from KU’s Lawrence campus.

Department telescopes will be set up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for safe viewing just outside Malott Hall’s north side. Malott Hall is at 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive.

“Solar eclipses, when the moon blocks the sun’s light, are fairly rare,” said Jennifer Delgado, associate teaching professor of physics and astronomy at KU, in a news release Tuesday. “We’re lucky that we will have two partial eclipses within a year, both visible here in Lawrence. For a partial eclipse, it’s hard to tell that anything is going on unless you look at the sun with eclipse glasses or a solar telescope. With a telescope, you can see just how much of the sun is being blocked and even see some sunspots. We’re excited to share our telescopes on campus so everyone can safely view this pretty unique sight.”

A similar event, hosted by the Astronomy Associates of Lawrence, will take place in the grassy area near Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., according to the release.

“There should be plenty of opportunity for everyone to not miss this,” Delgado said.


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