Can’t chase Monday’s solar eclipse to the zone of totality on Monday? Fog blocking your view in Berkeley? UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science is offering an alternative: Live feeds of the action from spots along the path of totality.
The action starts with coffee and pastries at 8:30 a.m., and the livestreaming will start at 9 a.m. in the auditorium. Outside on the lawn, solar telescopes will allow viewing of the sun’s surface all morning, weather permitting.
Afterward, several showings of an interactive planetarium show will explore why this year’s eclipse is such a big deal and how astronomers use eclipses to study the universe.
Crowds are expected, and parking is limited, Lawrence Hall of Science folks warn. And if it’s not foggy — though morning fog is predicted — special eclipse-viewing dark glasses will be available at the science museum’s store.
According to eclipse factoids dug out by UC Berkeley librarians, chasing solar eclipses is nothing new. The practice is said to have started in 1715, the year that Sir Isaac Newton created diagrams of the eclipse in England for the public, according to one of many eclipse resources available on campus: “Total Solar Eclipses and How to Observe Them.”
The library’s eclipse-related resources have seen a surge of interest this year, as Monday’s total solar eclipse approaches.
Something else you might not know about eclipses: they come with their own weather.
This information and more is posted on the library website.
Eclipse fans who aren’t joining the chase can check out two eclipse-centric displays here on campus. One, on view until Oct. 1, is outside of the Earth Sciences & Map Library in McCone Hall. The other, up through the end of the month, is at the main reading room of the Physics-Astronomy Library.
Here in the Bay Area, we’ll see the eclipse at about 75 percent of totality, weather-permitting. Information about what kind of glasses or viewing devices will protect your eyes for watching can be found by clicking the link below.