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The darker the better: WVU is ready for ‘The Great American Eclipse’


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West Virginia University is ready for The Great American Eclipse, the first to be seen across the continental U. S. in more than 20 years. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting a pre-eclipse event Saturday (Aug. 19) from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will receive “passports” that take them on a self-guided tour of mini-lectures, hands-on activities, planetarium shows and rooftop observing. The event is the finale of a summer of preparation for the eclipse.

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy and WVU Extension Service teamed up to teach West Virginia youth how to share this historic event by distributing eclipse glasses to 6th graders, 4-H campers and community members so they could engage in the experience without cost or travel. Experts also traveled to local schools to talk about the eclipse and provide educational material to teachers. 4-H camp volunteers provided a “Summer Science Experiment” to more than 100 4-H camps.

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WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy

WVU Extension Service

Target Audiences
Science educators
Astronomy buffs


Contact: Kathryn Williamson
WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy