Welcome to the Southwestern Total Eclipse Viewing Party!

April 8: A Day Not to be Missed

Prepare to be amazed by one of the most mesmerizing astronomical events – a total eclipse, right here in Georgetown! We are among an elite group of locations in the country positioned directly in the path of totality. This means you’ll have the chance to witness daytime turn to night as the moon completely covers the sun. Such an opportunity is rare, with the next one not expected for another 20 years, making this event truly a special experience.


Celebrate with Us at Southwestern
Video: The science of the eclipse with Dr. Mark Bottorff
Exclusive Total Eclipse T-Shirts!
Enjoy Food from Local Favorites
Total Eclipse Campus Map
Parking Information
Questions and inquiries


Celebrate with Us at Southwestern

Southwestern University is thrilled to host a FREE Total Eclipse Viewing Party on our scenic academic mall. Join us from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on April 8 for an unforgettable day. Whether you’re an eclipse enthusiast, a curious observer, or just looking for a unique way to spend a day, there’s something for everyone.

Unparalleled Viewing Experience

Associate Professor of Physics Mark Bottorff will be on site with 10 telescopes to ensure an optimal viewing experience. Eclipse glasses will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Than Just a Viewing Party

  • Exclusive Merchandise: Commemorate the day with our special edition eclipse-themed t-shirts and stickers, available for purchase.
  • Food and Refreshments: Stay energized and hydrated with food from some of our favorite local vendors and water also available for sale.
  • A Spot for Amateur Astronomers: Have your own telescope? We’ve got the perfect setup spot for amateur astronomers who wish to bring their equipment. See the Total Eclipse Campus Map for details.
  • Rain or Shine: This astronomical event waits for no one. Our event will proceed rain or shine, so come prepared.
  • Comfort is Key: We encourage you to bring chairs or blankets to relax on the mall during the event.

Don’t Miss Out!

This Total Eclipse Viewing Party is more than just an event; it’s an opportunity to be part of a community coming together to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of our universe. Mark your calendars for April 8 and join us for a day of science, fun, and unforgettable memories. See you there!


Parking Information

For your convenience, parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Here are the important details:

  • Parking Fee: $60 per car, cash only. Please have the exact amount ready to expedite the process.
  • Availability: Approximately 200 parking spots are available. We recommend arriving early to secure your spot. RV or trailer parking will not be allowed. 
  • Location: Parking is located just off Highway 29 on Maple Street. For a detailed view of the parking area, please view our parking map.
  • Parking Hours: Parking will open at 8:30 a.m. and close by 4 p.m. Please note that no overnight parking will be available.

Getting There

See the Total Eclipse Campus Map for the location of the viewing party, restrooms, and a spot for amateur astronomers to gather and use their own telescopes.


For More Information

Please send questions and inquiries to sucommunications@southwestern.edu.


 What is an eclipse and how does it happen? Professor of Physics Dr. Mark Bottorff explains.


  Exclusive Total Eclipse T-Shirts, $20 — Available Now in the McCombs Campus Center or at the Event


  Enjoy Food from Local Favorites


 Click the map to download a PDF version.

 

Total Eclipse Viewing Party Map