What you need to know about the eclipse on August 21

For the first time in almost 100 years, a solar eclipse will pass from the west coast to the east coast of the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina.

Learn more:


You can view an interactive map and eclipse times on NASA’s website.

Before the eclipse

Hatter Planetarium will host a free public showing of “Eclipse Across America”:

  • Sunday, August 13, 2:30 and 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 14, Noon

The presentation will include information about the mechanics of eclipses and conclude with a Q&A about how to view the eclipse locally. Total show time is approximately 40 minutes and seats are first-come, first served. Doors close when the show begins.

During the eclipse

If you’re in Gettysburg, there will also be a public event during the eclipse on August 21 at the Gettysburg College Observatory, hosted by Physics Profs. Jacquelynne B. Milingo and Craig Foltz. (The eclipse in Gettysburg starts at 1:16 p.m. and ends at 3:59 p.m., and the eclipse maximum occurs at 2:41 p.m.)

Read more about the eclipse in a post on the Hatter Planetarium blog, written by planetarium director Ian Clarke.


Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Carina Sitkus, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Wed, 9 Aug 2017

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