Experience the Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse at Novins Planetarium

Star Talks on Aug. 12 and 19 Focus on Historic Astronomical Event
Aug 02, 2017

The first total solar eclipse of the sun in the United States since 1979, and the first visible eclipse from all 48 contiguous United States since 1918, occurs later this month, on Aug. 21. Visit the Ocean County College campus from 1 to 4 p.m. that Monday to join members of the Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area as well as staff of the Robert J. Novins Planetarium to mark the exciting astronomical event.

ASTRA and the planetarium staff will set up solar telescopes – telescopes specially equipped with solar filters for safe viewing – to give visitors a look at the eclipse. “Gazers from New Jersey will unfortunately not be able to see a full total eclipse, but will be able to see about 75 percent of the sun covered by the moon,” OCC explains.

The college warns eclipse spectators to never look directly at the sun even when it is mostly covered by the moon. Special eye protection or solar filters are required to view the eclipse.

Earlier in the month, at 7 p.m. on Aug. 12 and Aug. 19, the planetarium will host “Star Talk: The Great American Eclipse.” “A live presenter will show visitors the night sky above New Jersey on the dome and explain what will occur during the eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21,” states OCC.

Tickets for the Star Talks are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and OCC alumni, and $7 for children 12 and younger.

The eclipse viewing at the planetarium on Aug. 21 is free.

Novins offers a number of additional shows through the remainder of the summer. To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit ocean.edu. Tickets also go on sale at the door a half hour before the day’s first show. Call 732-255-0342 for recorded show information. —J.K.-H.

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