MGA Hosts Eclipse Viewings for Students

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 7:41 PM
Categories: Pressroom | Faculty/Staff

Macon, GA

solar eclipse
Middle Georgia State University is hosting events for students, faculty and staff to view the eclipse of the sun that will be visible to all of North America on Monday, August 21.

MGA's Student Life office is hosting an eclipse viewing from 2 to 3 p.m. that day in the green space between the Library and the Teacher Education Building on the Macon Campus. The first 50 MGA students will get a free pair of eclipse glasses. Student Life will serve refreshments, including moon pies and lemonade, while supplies last.

Imad A. El-Jeaid, associate professor of Physics, is hosting a telescope observation of the eclipse on MGA's Cochran Campus, weather permitting. He'll set up the telescope, which will have solar filters, in front of Dillard Hall from about 1 to 4 p.m. Free eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last.

The Academic Affairs office is giving students chances to watch NASA's livestream of the eclipse on all five of MGA's campuses from noon to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 1 to 1:30 p.m.:

Cochran - Georgia Hall President's Dining Room
Dublin - DUB 225
Eastman - City of Eastman Room
Macon - Teacher Education Building 202
Warner Robins - Thomas Hall 132

Here's a link to a pinhole projector template to use to safely view the eclipse. Works best with card stock:

Central Georgia is outside the path of totality - a 70-mile-wide stretch from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, S.C., where observers will be able to see the moon completely cover the sun. Depending on how cloudy it is that day, observers in the midstate may be able to see about 95 percent of the sun covered at the peak of the eclipse.

All observers should make sure to have special-purpose solar filters - "eclipse glasses - in order to view the eclipse safely.

Learn more about the eclipse at

Image Source: NASA