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IU South Bend campus preparing for celestial event with on-campus activities

Community Engagement Events News Release Jan 18, 2024

People stand and sit in grassy area, looking at eclipse with special glasses North America will experience a total solar eclipse on April 8 and the Indiana University South Bend campus is working to educate the local community about this natural phenomenon.

Central Indiana will be in the path of totality, where the sun is completely eclipsed by the moon. South Bend will experience a partial eclipse with up to 96% coverage. A similar eclipse in August 2017 provided 88% coverage.

IU South Bend faculty and students will host three “Meet The Stars” educational programs for all ages on:

  • Tuesday, January 23 from 7–8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27 from 7:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 26 from 8:30–9:30 p.m.

Each night will consist of repeating sessions, so attendees can participate in all three on a given evening:

  • Hands-on activities designed to build intuitive understanding of eclipse phenomena with science method students from the IU South Bend School of Education.
  • 15-Minute Eclipse Overview with Professor Henry Scott, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
  • 15-Minute Observatory Tour with viewing if skies are clear with Professor Jerry Hinnefeld, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy

These events are free and open to the public at the north entrance of Northside Hall outside the Joshi Performance Hall. Student volunteers will lead groups to the program locations. Visitors should use the parking lot on 20th Street, which runs between Mishawaka Avenue and Northside Boulevard. More information and a map can be found at IU South Bend Eclipse Programs.

Additional programs are being planned on campus to safely view the actual eclipse on the afternoon of Monday, April 8.

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