Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

Burlington is right in the line of totality for the April 8th solar eclipse! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view it here, so we are going to offer programming all afternoon, including space-themed screenprinting, cyanotyping, and lawn games. Viewing glasses will be available throughout the entire event. Scroll down to see viewing safety tips to keep in mind!

Please note: this event is open to students and employees only. All campus buildings are key card access only until Tuesday, April 9 at 7 AM. If you are a prospective student or family looking to tour campus while you are visiting the area, we still have tours available Tuesday and beyond! Explore tour info at See you soon!

Monday, April 8, 2024
12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!
Monday, April 8, 2024
12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Miller Information Commons
95 Summit Street
Bulington, VT
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Office of Sustainability, Student Engagement, Student Health Center, Library, Champlain Makerspace

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Eclipse Safety: If you plan to view any portion of the Total Solar Eclipse, follow these recommendations! The only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially-eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses,” or handheld solar viewers.
    • Cover your eyes with your solar filter BEFORE looking at the sun.
      • Use solar filters on top of your eyeglasses.
      • Sunglasses are NOT a replacement for solar filters.
      • Do NOT look at the eclipse through a smartphone, camera, binoculars, or telescope.
    • Remove your solar filter AFTER looking away from the sun.
  • Inspect your solar filter.
    • Use Champlain-provided eclipse glasses, or confirm that your own solar filter meets safety standards.
    • Do NOT use a solar filter if you notice scratches or damage
  • Protect your skin and drink water. If you’re watching the entire eclipse, you may be in direct sunlight for hours. 
    • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and protective clothing to help prevent skin damage.
    • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
There is a brief phase during the Total Solar Eclipse when it is safe to look directly at the sun without a solar filter. This phase is called totality, which lasts about 2 minutes, and occurs when the moon entirely blocks the Sun. As soon as you see even a little bit of the Sun reappear, immediately return to using your solar filter by putting your eclipse glasses back on or using your handheld solar viewer. For more information, visit this website. Stay safe and have fun!
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