PLEASE NOTE: We regret to inform you that we no longer have eclipse glasses for sale, either online or in our store. However, to learn how to build an eclipse viewer, please scroll below. Thank-you so much for supporting the Clark Planetarium, and may you enjoy a safe and happy eclipse.
Clark Planetarium will be at the Salt Lake City Main Library, Wheeler Farm, and The Gateway Plaza Fountains during the entirety of the eclipse, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
On August 21st, 2017, the United States will experience a total eclipse of the Sun that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. Multiple states, many within a day’s driving distance of Salt Lake City, Utah, will experience totality, where the Sun is completely blocked out by Earth’s Moon. While Salt Lake City will not experience totality, the city will see 91% coverage, a marvelous spectacle.
The following two short videos will help you prepare for the August 21st total eclipse. Clark Planetarium gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution of time, equipment and talent by KUTV Channel 2 in making these videos.
National Geographic has produced a terrific video where you can learn all about eclipses and how to view them. You can view it here:
The nearest totality to Salt Lake City, Utah will occur in Driggs, Idaho, approximately 4 hours north of Salt Lake City.
Date: Monday, August 21st, 2017
Eclipse start time: 10:13 AM
Maximum coverage in SLC: 11:33 AMEclipse end time: 12:59 PM
There are two safe ways to look at the Sun, whether partially eclipsed or not. You should never look directly at the Sun without the assistance of either:
• Special solar filters, including solar glasses, which must be marked ISO 12312-2• A large piece of welder’s glass, number 14.
You can also safely view the eclipse indirectly with the use of an eclipse projection box.
However you decide to view the eclipse, please:
• DO NOT look directly at the Sun• DO NOT look at the Sun through an unfiltered camera or telescope• DO NOT use sunglasses as a substitute for solar glasses or filters• DO NOT use untested or “new” methods for projection viewers; this includes the newly popular “Pringles Can”
Download a printable version of this information.
Use one of these templates to build an eclipse viewer. And check back frequently! More resources, ideas, and videos are coming soon!
Cereal Box Eclipse Viewer
Pinhole Projection Eclipse Viewing Box
SIMPLEThese projects require a few seconds of effort during the eclipse, but make sure that you set up your activities in the hour prior to maximum eclipse!
ADVANCEDThese activities require a little bit more know-how, and data that you can gather about a past eclipse, or after the August 21, 2017 eclipse has passed.
EXPERTIf you're a veteran of previous total solar eclipses, these are the activities for you. Requiring a significant amount of scientific work, setting up these experiments will help you to collect data throughout the entirety of the eclipse event.
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