Partial solar eclipse provides reason for Astronomy Club open house at FHSU

Fort Hays State University's Astronomy Club invites the public to a viewing of a partial solar eclipse on June 10. The eclipse will begin at 7:25 p.m. and about a third of the sun will be covered by the moon by 8:15 p.m.

The sun will be nearly out from behind the moon just as the sun sets around 8:50 p.m.

A short program about eclipses will be given in Tomanek Hall, room 106, at 7 p.m., followed by viewing to the west of Tomanek Hall from 7:20 to 8:50. Telescopes, video cameras, and other equipment will be set up to allow easy viewing.

Dr. Timothy Folkerts, assistant professor of physics at FHSU and Astronomy Club sponsor, reminds that it is not safe to look at the sun directly, even with dark sunglasses and urges people to drop by the club's open house for a safe view of this rare event.

For more information, Folkerts can be reached by phone at (785) 628-4501.

In case of rain, he said, the eclipse open house will be postponed until the next solar eclipse in Kansas, which will be May 20, 2012.

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