May 11, 2012
Eyes Wide Shut For Partial Eclipse
On May 20, local residents can see for themselves a partial eclipse of the sun—instead of travelling all the way to Australia for the total solar eclipse in November 2012. But don’t think you can look at a sliver of the sun with the naked eye, wearing sunglasses or even through a camera lens.
Astronomy instructor Russ Robb is cautioning the public to protect their eyes next weekend because damage can occur in seconds. “We are inviting people to join the UVic astronomy class in safely viewing this partial eclipse using our special solar filters and telescopes on the roof of UVic’s science building.”
Robb coordinates weekly public tours of the UVic telescope on Wednesday nights from 9 to 10 p.m. (summer hours). The telescope is the largest on a university campus in Canada and is the country’s fifth largest overall. Visitors can hope to observe visible planets, nebulae and double stars among other nightly sights.
More info on the telescope: http://bit.ly/cxaphO.
What: Safe viewing of partial solar eclipse
Where: Bob Wright Centre, fifth floor (use main lobby elevator, east side)
When: Sunday, May 20 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The moon will begin to cover the sun at 5:01 p.m.
Maximum 80 per cent will be covered at 6:16 p.m.
The moon will move past the sun by 7:25 p.m.
Parking is free on Sundays. Campus maps: www.uvic.ca/visitors/explore/maps.
All ages and levels of cosmological knowledge are welcome.