Southwestern University is excited to announce that it will host a total eclipse viewing party on Monday, April 8, 2024. Positioned directly in the path of totality, Southwestern offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the day transform into night as the moon entirely obscures the sun. This rare event promises to be an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

The event will be held on the University’s Academic Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Associate Professor of Physics Mark Bottorff will be on site with ten telescopes, ensuring an optimal viewing experience for those in attendance. Additionally, complimentary eclipse glasses will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis, allowing guests to observe the extraordinary phenomenon safely. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own telescopes.

“A total solar eclipse is one of the most beautiful natural occurrences you can experience,” Bottorff said. “If you live in the ‘lower 48,’ know that this will be the last total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States for a long time. The next one will be on August 23, 2044. So, you will either have to wait two decades or plan to travel abroad to see one!”

The event will also include exclusive, commemorative merchandise of eclipse-themed t-shirts and stickers that will be available to purchase. Food and refreshments will also be for sale, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to relax while on the mall. The extraordinary astronomical event will proceed regardless of the weather.

Southwestern invites everyone to join this extraordinary opportunity to witness the brilliance of a total solar eclipse. Come and be a part of history as the day turns to night in the heart of Texas. For more information, visit southwestern.edu/eclipse.

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